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Whitney’s Gospel Roots

This portion of the Grammy Museum exhibit Whitney! Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston shows a cross section of items from the early part Whitney Houston’s career, including her choir robe and a gospel program from July 5, 1981. Brought up in a strict Christian household and mentored by her mother Cissy, who sang both sacred and secular music, Whitney Houston had the ideal music base for a child with her sweeping vocal talents. Whitney never forgot her gospel roots, and it could be heard in her voice whether she sang pop, R&B or other genres. This photo also displays tour jackets and one of her famous concert jumpsuits.

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