Whitney Houston Insider Reveals Singer's Anguished Fight to Win Back Her Voice


"Whitney has admitted that she had to conquer a drug addiction and that takes all of her energy, but she also has had a very difficult time giving up cigarettes," he told Los Angeles radio station KOST 103.5 FM. "I know that she's committed to do it. I know that she loves music and that, you know, right now she's dealing with that situation. And we're not going to make a record or an album until that golden voice, you know, is there and is fully capable of just knocking everybody out."

Despite her late-career struggles, peers said Houston will always be remembered as "the voice."

"She could sing a song like nobody ever could and nobody ever will," said veteran songwriter Diane Warren. "She's the best -- the best singer we've had in the last 40 years, unarguably.

"She didn't have to stand with things blowing up and special effects," Warren added. "She just sang."

See the full story on "One Moment in Time: The Life of Whitney Houston," a two-hour "20/20" special, TONIGHT at 9 p.m. ET.

  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: Salvager Eric Schmitt was combing through the wreckage of a convoy of Spanish ships that sank off the coast of Florida in 1715 when he discovered a missing piece from a gold Pyx.
Courtesy 1715 Fleet - Queens Jewels, LLC
Lisa Kudrow
Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library | Getty Images
PHOTO: Motorists were startled when an axe from a dump truck in front of them flew at their windshield.
Massachusetts State Police/Facebook
PHOTO: In this April 26, 2013 photo, a large home intended for the family of Warren Jeffs is seen in Hildale, Utah.
Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune/AP
PHOTO: Zac Efron seen at BBC Radio One, April 24, 2014, in London.
Neil P. Mockford/GC Images/Getty Images