Life of Whitney Houston - as part of the celebrities series by GeoBeats.
Before sadly passing away at the young age of 48 on February 11, 2012, she made a mark on pop music that will be remembered for a long time.
Born in Newark, New Jersey to John Russell Houston Jr. and Cissy Houston, she was the youngest of 3 children. Her early influences included her godmother Aretha Franklin. Whitney started performing at the age of 11 in a gospel choir.
Before climbing to worldwide fame for her singing, she was a fashion model and one of the first colored women to appear on the cover of Seventeen magazine.
Her first big hit came in 1985 with the release of "hold me", a duet she did with Teddy Pendergrass.
Over the course of her lifetime, Houston won over 400 awards including 6 Grammies, 2 Emmys, and 30 Billboard Music awards. Guinness Book of World Records lists her as the most awarded female artist of all times.
Her powerful and majestic voice had led to nearly 175 million albums being sold. She has inspired countless young artists and her voice will continue to inspire future generations.
Houston's diverse talent was also evident in Hollywood with her acting roles in movies like "The Bodyguard" and "Waiting to Exhale".
While she struggled with drug use and personal relationships in her later years, Whitney Houston will be remembered as one of the greatest pop icons of our time.