Cissy Houston, the multi-million-selling, multiple Grammy Award winning recording star and former backing vocalist for such icons as Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin, will perform “live” at the Barbados Music Awards, as part of a tribute to her exceptional career and that of her daughter, the late, legendary Whitney Houston.
Cissy Houston, whose smash hits include I Know Him So Well, recorded with Whitney from her sophomore album Whitney, which sold 28 million copies worldwide, and The Lord Is My Shepherd, is perhaps the most successful backing vocalist of all time.
She has recorded on classic hits by Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Beyoncé, Gladys Knight and of course, Whitney Houston among many others.
Hits on which her distinctive soprano voice can be heard include I’m Every Woman – both Chaka Khan and Whitney’s versions, Franklin’s Ain’t No Way, Bette Midler’s From A Distance and Beyonce’s Dangerously In Love. Cissy’s The Lord Is My Shepherd, from the seven-million-selling Preacher’s Wife soundtrack, was the best-selling gospel album in history.
Her recent performance at the BET Awards as part of a star-studded tribute to Whitney Houston at that event, dominated reviews. In addition to performing multiple songs at the BMAs on January 13, Cissy Houston will receive the International Lifetime Achievement Award, and also the International Icon Award on behalf of her late daughter. She is also the featured speaker at the Turning Music Into Gold Workshop.
This mirrors the 2010 tribute paid by the BMAs to the late Michael Jackson, when Joseph Jackson was moved to tears by the tribute paid to his son in Barbados.
Organisers say tickets for the Barbados Music Awards were extremely limited this year due to the event being staged at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, with a capacity of about 1,000.
The event will also feature, among other major performances, a tribute to Sister Margreta Marshall, who will receive the Living Legend Award. The tribute to Marshall will end with a performance by the awardee, who will be joined by Paula Hinds and Toni Norville among others.
Producers have also announced that in addition to Cissy, there are also two other key headline acts scheduled to perform. (EJ)