Whitney Houston

Popular Singer + Songwriter + Actress + Arranger + Film Producer + Model
Born Aug 9, 1963

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American recording artist, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most-awarded female act of all-time. Houston was one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums worldwide. She released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification.… Read More

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1963 Birth Whitney Houston was born on August 9, 1963 in what was then a middle-income neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey. … Read More
1967 3 Years Old After the 1967 Newark riots, the family moved to a middle-class area in East Orange, New Jersey, when she was four. … Read More


1977 13 Years Old Houston spent some of her teenage years touring nightclubs where her mother Cissy was performing, and she would occasionally get on stage and perform with her. In 1977, at age 14, she became a backup singer on the Michael Zager Band's single "Life's a Party".
1978 14 Years Old In 1978, at age 15, Houston sang background vocals for Chaka Khan and Lou Rawls. … Read More
She also appeared as a lead vocalist on one track on a Paul Jabara album, entitled Paul Jabara and Friends, released by Columbia Records in 1983. … Read More


1984 - 1985 3 More Events
By 1986, a year after its initial release, Whitney Houston topped the Billboard 200 albums chart and stayed there for 14 non-consecutive weeks. … Read More
1987 23 Years Old With many expectations, Houston's second album, Whitney, was released in June 1987. … Read More
At the 30th Grammy Awards in 1988, Houston was nominated for three awards, including Album of the Year, winning her second Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)".
1989 - 1992 8 More Events
On March 4, 1993, Houston gave birth to their daughter Bobbi Kristina, the couple's only child. … Read More


…  The film's original soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. … Read More
1995 - 2001 10 More Events
In 2002, Houston became involved in a legal dispute with John Houston Enterprise. … Read More
Houston's father later died in February 2003. … Read More


2004 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Having always been a touring artist, Houston spent most of 2004 touring and performing in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Russia.
2005 - 2006 2 More Events
On February 1, 2007, Houston asked the court to fast track their divorce.
Houston released her new album, I Look to You, in August 2009. … Read More
On January 26, 2010, her debut album was re-released in a special edition entitled Whitney Houston – The Deluxe Anniversary Edition. … Read More
Houston also performed the song "I Look to You" on the 2011 BET Celebration of Gospel, with gospel–jazz singer Kim Burrell, held at the Staples Center, Los Angeles. … Read More
On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California. … Read More
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