By: Richard L. Smith
In the spirit of Black History Month, RLS Media takes the 11th day of this month to honor an extraordinary figure whose life and career have been a beacon of talent, perseverance, and influence.Cissy Houston, not just a celebrated singer but also the matriarch of the Houston musical dynasty, stands as a testament to the power of nurturing and legacy.
With a voice that has graced the stages behind icons such as Dionne Warwick, Elvis Presley, and Aretha Franklin, Cissy Houston's contribution to music extends beyond her melodies.
Her friendship with Aretha Franklin sparked from their initial collaboration and blossomed into a lifetime bond, highlighting the deep connections formed through music.
Cissy's journey from a sought-after background singer to a celebrated solo artist is a narrative of resilience and passion.
Her solo career, marked by the release of several albums and the honor of two Grammy awards, showcases her exceptional talent and dedication to her craft. Winning her first Grammy in 1996 for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album with "Face to Face," and again in 1998 with "He Leadeth Me," Cissy Houston has etched her name in the annals of music history.
However, Cissy's influence extends beyond her musical achievements. As the mother of the legendary Whitney Houston, she played a pivotal role in shaping Whitney's early interest in music and her eventual rise to stardom.
The legacy of talent and passion for music runs deep in the Houston family, a testament to Cissy's inspirational role as a mother and mentor.
The loss of Whitney Houston in 2012 was a profound moment, not just for the Houston family but for the world that admired her talent. Yet, Cissy Houston's strength and legacy continue to inspire.
On her 90th birthday back on September 30, 2023, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy called to wish her a happy birthday, acknowledging her as a cherished figure in the state.
The dedication of the service area in Union, New Jersey, in Whitney Houston's name, attended by public officials and members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame, is a tribute to the Houston family's contribution to music and culture.
State leaders like State Sen. Joseph P. Cryan and Newark Council Member-At-Large Rev. Louise Scott-Rountree underscored the significance of the Houston legacy in New Jersey's cultural heritage.
As we salute Cissy Houston, we celebrate not just her musical achievements but her profound impact as a mother and a guiding light in the world of music.
Her story is one of talent, resilience, and the enduring power of love and legacy. Cissy Houston's life reminds us of the beauty that can be created when passion and dedication are passed down through generations, leaving an indelible mark on not just NJ but the world.SPONSORS: Nino's Ristorante & Pizzeria, Bergen Street Harrison, NJ, Jorelle Green S. Green (Keller Willams Realtor), Champions Action Martial Arts (Union, NJ)