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incomparable voice


I remember a year in the 1990s, when it was announced in the media that Whitney Houston would be performing in Singapore, there was an excited buzz among her many fans in Singapore and Malaysia.

A fan myself, I was happy to be able to attend the concert and to see Whitney perform.

When Whitney walked onstage, I could see that she looked as beautiful in person as she did in the videos. Like all true talent, she brought her own brand of magnetism to the room.

I remember there was an announcement that the air-conditioning in the venue would be switched off because Whitney had concerns about its effect on her voice. I suppose it could be due to the contrast between the cool air of the air-conditioning and the hot, humid air on the outside, something that could effect discomfort to the throat in tropical countries.

The fans didn’t mind. It was a fast-paced concert; Whitney thrilled the fans with her hits. She saw a group of young men and women near the stage who looked like African-Americans. Curious, she asked them: “Where are you guys from?” She didn’t quite catch the answer, and asked them again. “Cuba! Cuba!” they all shouted together.

At one point, an assistant came out with a small towel. Whitney perfunctorily wiped her face with it, then playfully threw it to the audience who jostled to catch it.

Soaring voice, incredible range, beautiful songs. Thank you for all the music.

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Whitney gave a sincere, stirring performance at the American Music Awards. (pic:Getty Images)

Whitney Houston gave a sincere, stirring performance at the American Music Awards (pic: Getty Images)

We all love a comeback story.

At the American Music Awards last night, when Samuel L. Jackson announced that Whitney Houston would be performing her first live television performance in five years, I’m sure some of the her fans watching were a little anxious, hoping that she could pull it off.

Well, she did, with a stirring performance of “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength“. There were also moments of that soaring voice that has distinguished her career. The camera showed Reba McEntire teary-eyed and Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina quietly beaming at her mother’s success. Whitney was presented with the International Artist of the Year award, and in her speech, she thanked her fans for standing by her through the years.

Sometimes, we need a feel-good story, to give some inspiration, some hope. Or just to feel goodwill towards another person. God bless everyone who is going through any pain or any challenges, whether emotional or financial. The phoenix can rise again.

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Whitney's comeback album.

Whitney's comeback album.

Whitney Houston is about to jumpstart her career, after a long absence from the music scene.

Whitney has a superb voice, and her songs have remained perennial favorites with me, and with millions of other fans.

At the height of her success, she seemed to have it all. Extraordinary talent, looks, hit after hit, and a supportive musical family with mother, Cissy Houston, a gospel and soul singer and her cousin, the famous Dionne Warwick.

Then when she got married, to Bobby Brown, her fans were puzzled and upset by her choice. Frankly, they felt that she made the wrong choice.

In her interview with Oprah on September 14, Whitney said that she was attracted to Bobby because “he allowed me to be me. He was fun. Passionate. Loving.”

In the reality TV show “Being Bobby Brown” which showed what went on in the couple’s lives, one could see that Bobby can be very charming and entertaining. I suppose, like many women, Whitney wanted a man who could make her laugh. Or perhaps, like some women, she was drawn to bad boys.

People blamed her marriage for the downward spiral from a classy young woman to one who lived a hard, fast and almost destructive life.

Whitney and Bobby...in happier times.

Whitney and Bobby... in happier times.

Ideally, a person brings his or her true character to a marriage, and retains personal responsibility to himself, while at the same time cultivating the relationship as a couple. But I have seen quite a few relationships where the marriage caused a huge negative impact on one of the spouses’ personal development. Such is the power and mystery of marriage, and Whitney’s marriage seems to be a good example of this.

Whitney told Oprah that she took her marriage vow very seriously and stayed with Bobby to make it work. I thought it was very wise of her to acknowledge to Oprah that it was difficult for Bobby to be in her shadow, and that contributed to problems in the marriage.

The drug abuse, lack of communication, pain and unhappiness became unbearable, and their divorce was finalized on April 24, 2007.

Now Whitney is at a new juncture of her life, determined to leave all that behind. Her new single I Look to You sounds great. Making a comeback is never easy, and it takes courage. Welcome back, Miss Houston.

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