Whitney Houston has a song for almost every occasion. Whether someone is going through a heartbreak, or just wants to dance, Houston has a song that fits the mood perfectly. But Houston’s longtime friend, Cece Winans, admitted that she had to refrain from singing some of Houston’s songs. Winans is a gospel singer.
The two singers immediately became friends
Houston first met the Winans at the 1987 NAACP Image Awards. Winans talks about the surprise meeting during a recent episode of her YouTube series generations In celebration of Houston’s birthday.
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“We were in the lobby and that was the year she came out, everyone knows what year she came out, she was winning everything,” Seuss recalls. “We kind of ran into each other. She was, of course, the crew and they were trying to push her away but she saw Babe and I. And she stopped, and was like, ‘Babe and Sis!’ And we’re like, ‘How do you know us?!’”
Houston was a longtime fan of Winans Crew. The bond was immediate and he spent a lot of time performing at home and on the go. “It was just organic, I don’t think we ever had to say, ‘We’re gonna be friends,’ it just happened,” Seuss recalls. “It was like when you meet someone and it’s like [you feel like you’ve known them] And they have always been a part of the family.”
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Cece says that she and Houston’s shared gospel and church upbringing have bonded them. Because Houston sang secular music, it was sometimes difficult for Seuss to sing his friend’s songs. Cece admits so generations case.
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“She understood what I stood for and respected and respected her,” Winans says of Houston. “I remember she was doing the video [for] ‘I’m every woman’ and she called me and she was like, ‘I’m not asking you to be a part of this because I know you won’t sing the song “Cast the Spell.”
Winans joked that she even had to stop singing Houston’s 1986 hit “Saving All My Love for You.” “I was singing that song and I talked to her and I was like, ‘Wait, wait, wait – are you talking about someone else’s husband in that song?!’ He noted.
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Houston couldn’t wait to collaborate with Bebe and Sis. Their first recorded collaboration was the gospel single ‘Hold Up the Light’. Houston, Bebe and Sis performed the song live on several television specials, including once Arsenio Hall Show. This song is from the 1988 album . was featured in Eden.
Houston and Seuss collaborated for a song on a duet in 1995 waiting to breathe song music. The song, ‘Count on Me’ detailed the pair’s close friendship. Houston and Seuss performed the song as part of a medley at the Grammy Awards in 1996.