Another New Jersey native, Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born in Newark in 1963. It's no wonder she chose music as a career, since her mother is singer Cissy Houston, her cousins are Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick and her godmother is Aretha Franklin.
Whitney first started singing in church where she also learned to play the piano. She also traveled with her mother on her tours when Whitney was in her early teens. On occasion, she would join her mother on stage.
In addition to singing backup on Chaka Khan's hit single, "I'm Every Woman" when she was just fifteen, and which Whitney would also make a hit, she also appeared doing background work on albums by Jermaine Jackson and Lou Rawls.
Before Whitney's singing career took off, she was a familiar face as a model on the cover of many magazines, including Seventeen, Glamor and Cosmopolitan.
In 1983, … Read More