February 11, 2012, I was a senior in high school. I can’t believe it’s been five years.

I remember I just happened to glance at the TV screen in my bedroom, and seeing the big, bold words branded across CNN that read, “Whitney Houston is dead.”

Previously, I had not taken the death of someone who didn’t know I existed too hard. But, Whitney was different.

My dad owned the Preacher’s Wife soundtrack cassette tape, and would play it for me every single day on the way to school. At the tender age of four, I fell in love with Whitney Houston’s voice. Every riff, run, ad lib, and modulation. She moved me, a preschooler, in unimaginable ways.

Throughout my entire childhood is when Whitney Houston experienced what seemed like a never-ending roller coaster of scandal, negativity and tabloids. But I chose not to pay attention to any of that. She was an angel to me, given the greatest voice of all time personally from God, and I am forever grateful for her effortlessly flawless voice.

Below are just a few of my personal favorite Whitney Houston moments.

  1. Singing Happy Birthday to her father


2. On the Arsenio Hall show


3. Singing ‘My Love is Your Love’ with Bobbi Kristina (RIP) at her side


4. The Preacher’s Wife (1996)


5. The Greatest National Anthem of all time


6. I Will Always Love You (1999)


The most awarded female recording artist of all time.

I will always love you, Whitney.

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