Whitney Houston – My Fave!

Whitney famously sang at the Superbowl.

When I was young, my mum used to play cassette tapes of Whitney Houston whenever we drove anywhere. I remember hearing ‘So Emotional’ and ‘Didn’t we almost have it all’ so many times and pressing rewind a lot.

In 1992, I saw her sing, ‘I will always love you’ on the Des O’Connor Tonight Show and I remember thinking ‘WOW!’ This solidified my becoming a massive Whitney Houston fan. I joined her fanclub and watched her movies. I absolutely loved her.

Why was she special?

In 1999 I was lucky enough to go to the NEC in Birmingham and witness Whitney singing when she was at the top of her career. Her voice was superb. I remember thousands of people stood in silence listening to her rendition of ‘I will always live you’ and you could feel the love in the room. Her notes felt flawless.

As well as starring in films like ‘The Bodyguard’, ‘Cinderella’ and ‘The Preacher’s Wife’, she also produced movies such as ‘The Princess Diaries’. She always worked incredibly hard and did plenty of charity work too.

Seeing her again perform in 2010 at the NEC and again at the O2, she had lost some of her sparkle but her talent was still striking. Her sad death in 2012 made my cry as I realised how sorrowful her life became over time.

New Whitney Movie

Now I an excited that a brilliant movie about her life is coming to cinemas next week. Starring Naomi Ackie and Stanley Tucci (as Clive Davis), this film has an excellent trailer which highlights some memorable concerts, including her singing the US national anthem at the 1991 Superbowl.

Check out the trailer for ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ which is made by the brilliant creators of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and comes out on Friday 23rd December.

Kylie – still the Queen

Well last night marked the eighth time that I had seen Kylie live in concert since 2001 and it seemed even more special. The open air venue in Manchester was full of 8000 people and yet felt so intimate. Kylie was radiant and full of energy as usual.

Replicating some of the routines from her record breaking Glastonbury performance and adding some personalised bits, she kept a very enthusiastic crowd satisfied. Some inflatable air- Kylies also made their contribution.

Getting a boy on stage to sing Wild Roses a-cappella was a lovely touch. Kylie did her usual fast costume changes and seemed to feed off of the energy in the brilliant venue, Castlefield Bowl. Manchester was rocking and nearby residents were getting a great view from their balconies. So many were singing along to hits as recent as ‘Dancing’ to more fan pleasing oldies such as ‘The One.’

The night ended with confetti being thrown into the crowd lit by rainbow colours.

If you haven’t managed to get tickets for Kylie summer then consider buying her Number One – Step back in time – collection album.