Whitney Houston music style

Whitney Houston music style

Whitney Houston music "revitalized the tradition of strong gospel-oriented pop-soul singing", according to The New York Times. Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times referred to the singer as a "national treasure". She was considered by many to be a "singer's singer", who had an influence on countless other vocalists, both female and male. Similarly, Steve Huey from Allmusic wrote that the shadow of Houston's prodigious technique still looms large over nearly every pop diva and smooth urban soul singer – male or female – in her wake, and spawned a legion of imitators. Rolling Stone, on her biography, stated that Houston "redefined the image of a female soul icon and inspired singers ranging from Mariah Carey to BeyoncĂ©". Essence ranked Houston the fifth on their list of 50 Most Influential R&B Stars of all time, calling her "the diva to end all divas".

Whitney Houston said, "My root is gospel. My root is not R&B; my root is gospel music," in a 1990 interview featured in Wednesday night's MTV special "Whitney Houston: In Her Own Words." "And gospel is not something that you can categorize. It's not black, it's not white; it comes from the soul. It is a feeling that comes from the soul."
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