Artist Spotlight: Whitney Houston
by Rachel Devitt | February 22, 2012
Needless to say, Whitney Houston has been on our collective minds lately. And while there's been much to say about the tragic, sudden way she left the world -- and the struggles she weathered during her last few years in it -- there's also been much cause to celebrate the considerable musical legacy she left behind.
As Whitney racked up hit after hit, she became known as a singles artist, capable of turning even the National Anthem into not only a spine-tingling experience, but pure pop gold. She also had a gift with movie soundtracks: such iconic songs as "I Will Always Love You" and "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" overlapped with her acting forays to create a multifaceted performance experience. But while those singles are memorable, Houston's albums also made some pretty significant dents in the pop canon, from her debut, which showcased a voice far beyond her oh-so-slight years, to her last effort, a weathered-but-not-beaten collection that still glowed with diva fire.
Whatever the format, what this spotlight really illuminates is a formidable presence and a ferocious voice that will live on in our hearts and minds long after the media circus has died down.