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Cissy Houston

Biography

A soul singer who’s known primarily as Whitney Houston’s mom rather than on her behalf own considerable abilities, Cissy Houston was created Emily Drinkard and began her profession as an associate of her family’s gospel group, the Drinkards. In the first ’60s, she became a member of forces using a floating band of performers known simply because the Group (including at several factors Doris Troy and Dee Dee Warwick) to supply back-up vocals on many spirit, pop, and rock and roll periods. They contributed to numerous Atlantic periods specifically, and Atlantic professional Jerry Wexler agreed upon the act towards the label in 1967. Called the Special Inspirations, they documented some exceptional gospel-flavored spirit in the past due ’60s, owning a few strikes (in addition to continuing to back again up other performers, especially Aretha Franklin) before Houston still left to look solo by the end of 1969. She documented an impressive record for Commonwealth United in 1970, Delivering Cissy Houston, which yielded several small R&B/pop strikes: “I’M GOING TO BE There” and “End up being My Baby.” Very much in the way of the Sugary Inspirations, even though material contains fairly well-worn spirit, rock and roll, and pop music, the state-of-the-art agreements and gospel-ish vocals produced them sound fresh new. Her agreement was marketed to Janus Information later in the entire year, even though she issued several singles there before middle of the ’70s, she hardly ever received the support and advertising she deserved. A good example was her little-known primary edition of “Midnight Teach to Georgia,” taken up to the top from the charts in regards to a calendar year afterwards by Gladys Knight & the Pips. Houston documented many albums for Personal Stock from the past due ’70s, in addition to carrying on her regular focus on classes and industrial jingles. She documented a duet with child Whitney (“I UNDERSTAND Him Therefore Well”) in 1987, and slice a duet recording with veteran spirit vocalist Chuck Jackson in 1992.

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Profession Actor, Television producer, Gospel singer
Education Mount Saint Dominic Academy
Nationality American
Spouse John Russell Houston, Freddie Garland
Children Whitney Houston, Gary Garland, Michael Houston
Parents Nitcholas Drinkard, Delia Mae Drinkard
Siblings Nicky Houston, Lee Warwick, Ann Moss, Larry Houston, Judy Clay, William Houston, Hansom Houston, Marie Epps
Awards Grammy Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album, Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Music Groups The Drinkard Singers
Music Songs I Know Him So Well, Be My Baby, Think It Over, The Long and Winding Road, I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself, Somebody Should Have Told Me, I'll Be There, Warning - Danger, Family First, Love Don't Hurt People, An Umbrella Song, Love Is Holding, The Lord Is My Shepherd, Something's Bound to Happen, Love Is Something That Leads You, When Something Is Wrong with My Baby, Morning Much Better, He - I Believe, I Won't Be the One, Father, Son, Holy Ghost Is He, How Sweet It Is, He Is the Music, I Just Want to Be With You, This Empty Place, Nothing Can Stop Me, Go Where I Send Thee, Make It Easy on Yourself, I'm So Glad I Can Love Again, Deep River/Campground, Count Your Blessings, Take Me Back, I'm Sorry, It Never Really Ended
Albums Think It Over, Presenting Cissy Houston, He Leadeth Me, Face to Face, Midnight Train to Georgia, Cissy Houston, The Definitive Collection, Step Aside for a Lady, I'll Take Care of You, Cissy Houston Collection, The Janus Singles, Soul Sensations: Cissy & Whitney Houston, Centre Stage, Ladies of the Soul, Cissy Houston (Digitally Remastered), I Just Want To Be With You, Cissy and Whitney Together, I'll Be There, The Long and Winding Road, Too Right to Be Wrong, Cissy And Whitney Houston Selected Hits, The Supreme Cissy & Whitney Houston, Soul Elite: Best Of Cissy Houston & Whitney Houston, Cissy Houston: Studio 102 Essentials, Pop Masters: Didn't We
Movies The Preacher's Wife, The Road to Freedom: The Vernon Johns Story
TV Shows The Houstons: On Our Own


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1 Minister of music at New Hope Baptist Church on Sussex Avenue in Newark, New Jersey. [December 2010]
2 Mother-in-law of Patricia Houston.
3 Grandmother of Bobbi Kristina Brown and Rayah Houston.
4 Godmother to her daughter Whitney Houston is Aretha Franklin.
5 Was one time a background singer for Elvis Presley.
6 Ex-mother-in-law of Bobby Brown.
7 Grand-aunt of David Elliott and Damon Elliott.
8 Aunt of Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick.
9 Member of the gospel group "The Drinkard Singers". Formed the The Gospelaires, with Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick. Lead singer of The Sweet Inspirations from 1967-1970. Veteran session singer.
10 Mother of Whitney Houston and Gary Houston.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dreams of a Life 2011 Documentary performer: "Midnight Train To Georgia"
Daddy's Little Girls 2007 performer: "Family First"
Late Show with David Letterman 1998 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Preacher's Wife 1996 performer: "The Lord Is My Shepherd"
A Time to Kill 1996 "Take My Hand Precious Lord"
Hoodlums 1980 performer: "Stand Up", "Bluer Than Blue"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Preacher's Wife 1996 Mrs. Havergal
The Vernon Johns Story 1994 TV Movie Rose
Taking My Turn 1984 TV Movie Helen
The Wiz 1978 The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice, uncredited)

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Angels 1976 arranger: vocals / performer: vocals

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Whitney Houston: This is My Life 1992 TV Movie producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bang! The Bert Berns Story 2016 Documentary Herself
Killing Me Softly: The Roberta Flack Story 2014 TV Movie Herself
Daybreak 2013 TV Series Herself
Oprah's Next Chapter 2013 TV Series Herself
Twenty Feet from Stardom 2013 Documentary Herself
Whitney Houston & Her Family: Voices of Love 2012 Documentary Herself
The Houstons: On Our Own 2012 TV Series documentary Herself
BET Awards 2012 2012 TV Special Herself
This Time 2008 Documentary Herself
Intimate Portrait 2004 TV Series documentary Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 1998 TV Series Herself
Classic Whitney 1997 TV Movie Herself
26th NAACP Image Awards 1994 TV Special Herself
The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards 1993 TV Special Herself
Vicki! 1993 TV Series Herself
Whitney Houston: This is My Life 1992 TV Movie Herself
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation 1988 TV Special documentary Herself
Cissy Houston: Sweet Inspiration 1988 Documentary Herself
The 15th Annual American Music Awards 1988 TV Special Herself - Performer
The Grammy Lifetime Achievment Award Show 1987 TV Movie Herself
Superstars and Their Moms 1987 TV Movie Herself
The 1st Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1987 TV Special Herself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1986 TV Series Herself
Late Night with David Letterman 1985 TV Series Herself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1983 TV Special Herself
Hoodlums 1980 Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1970 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2015 TV Series Herself
Dateline NBC 2012 TV Series documentary Herself

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