Celebrating the iconic album's 35th Anniversary
From the very beginning, Whitney Houston was destined for greatness. As the daughter of celebrated gospel singer Cissy Houston and cousin to Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, her music career began early. As a child, she started singing at her local church, and would grow up to perform in New York City nightclubs alongside her mother. Houston was spotted there by Arista Records executive Gerry Griffith who later brought her to Clive Davis’ attention. At just 22 years old, Houston released her debut album Whitney Houston.
Two years later came Whitney, her second album. This body of work—defined by its jubilant pop anthems and emotional power ballads—is just one chapter in her celebrated history, but an incredibly exciting one at that. The album debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart, making Houston the first-ever female artist to achieve this milestone.
Click around the recording studio to learn more about how the Whitney album was created, and why it continues to excite and inspire decades after its initial release.