Tuesday, February 19, 2013 |
On February 11, 2012, one of the world's best-selling artists, Whitney Houston, died at the age of 48 after a long battle with drug addiction. Now, her mother and the woman who taught Whitney how to sing remembers her daughter in a revealing memoir, Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss and The Night the Music Stopped.
Cissy Houston spoke with Q's Jian Ghomeshi about how she remembers her talented, troubled daughter.
"Just like she was. The Whitney that I knew ... I knew her through all of it, when she was Whitney Houston and when she was just Nippy. I knew all about her," she said. "And, when she said I'll always love you, I know who she's talking to: me. Me and God."
Whitney was closest to her mother and her brothers, said Cissy, who is also a solo singer and has sang back-up vocals for several superstars. It was natural that she taught Whitney to sing after discovering the girl had an amazing talent.
"She started singing, and screaming, and hollering when she was quite young," she said, referencing a five- or six-year-old Whitney.
Cissy taught her daughter how to deliver the story of a song, which she believes is why Whitney was so successful. "You have to feel what you do. It has to come from the heart," she said. "It just can't be a voice that you have. You have to be able to deliver it."