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I remember sitting in the back of the car in my car seat hearing my mom singing “I Will Always Love You’ along with the radio — it was 1992 and it JUST CAME OUT! I was a little toddler, but — I was swinging my legs in my singing it too! My mom and I belted in that car and all my dad could do was smile. That was the day I fell in love with Whitney Houston. I can’t even separate Whitney Houston’s voice with my Mom’s because I’m pretty sure she knew ever single song Whitney ever dropped. Singing Whitney Houston’s songs together was our thing! I was mesmerized.

The way we lost Whitney and her daughter broke my heart differently. My mom passed away from breast cancer when I was 13 — To this day, every time I hear a Whitney song, I think of her. It hurts to write this knowing that they are no longer with us…but both of their voices will live forever in my heart.

Okay, so before I get too emotional (too late, I’m tearing up as I write this) — I guess it goes without saying, today I am writing about why I’m inspired by Whitney Houston‘s voice.

1. Vocal Strength

Whitney had power. She belted long silky high notes with ease. To do that, she had to master her vocal placement and breath simultaneously to control her power without straining.

2. Her Emotions

Whitney knew exactly how to translate her emotions through her voice in her songs. She took a song, originally written and sung by Dolly Parton and made it the most heart pulling ballad of all time. And she did it with EVERY performance. She always connected with her emotions.

3. Whitney’s Iconic Vocal Runs

Whitney had a signature voice. I always know a Whitney run when I hear it. Her signature run is identified by her agility, pitch accuracy, and undeniable mastery of the descending Major Pentatonic scale.

4. Her Mastery of her Head Voice

Whitney was able to belt, sustain, and sing runs effortlessly in her head voice as well as seamlessly transition through her vocal registers between chest, mixed, and head voice.

Whitney Houston paved the way for decades of vocalists after her! I am so thankful that I heard her voice when I was a 3 yr old girl in that car seat.

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Well you guys, until next time — Have a wonderful day!

Kristal Cherelle-Indie Artist School