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Friday, February 17, 2012

Remembering Whitney Houston

Like the rest of the world Conversations Magazine and its parent company Shadow Play Entertainment were stunned and saddened by the death of musical icon Whitney Houston. Her passing on Saturday, February 11, 2012 marked the loss of yet another international treasure, which is why LL Cool J referring to it as a "death in the family" is shared by so many.

Few entertainers have been able to provide not just the soundtrack of love and empowerment that Ms. Houston did but showcase that with hard work and dedication all things are possible. Selling over 170 million albums and singles is one thing, but impacting the lives of individuals around the world is something that few people have the opportunity to do.

There have been and will continue to be many things said about the woman that Oprah Winfrey labeled as "The Voice," but Conversations Magazine wanted to take this opportunity to share some of the reflections of our friends and colleagues, remembering the talent that was taken from us much too soon.

"Whitney Houston was and will continue to be one of those entertainers who have provided a soundtrack for the world for over 20 years. She will be missed, but her music remains with us to replay and enjoy. Through their dedication her fans will ensure that she lives on." --- Cyrus Webb, Editor-In-Chief Conversations Magazine

"Selfishly, I am sorry to see Whitney Houston leave us, because her spirit was so bright. Optimistically, I am happy for the peace that she is enjoying right now. Sadly, as I ponder what it must be like for the people that were closest to her. To lose a mother, a friend, a partner is never easy. The Legacy of Whitney Houston will LIVE on forever." --- Rodney Perry, comedian/talk show host

"I like so many others mourn the passing of Whitney but I am comforted by knowing that her gift is still with us. That is the true test for any artist: whether their music will be able to outlive them. Whitney passes that test with flying colors." --- Tray Chaney, actor/author/recording artist (courtesy of Shadow Play Entertainment)

"Whitney Houston was an unbelievable talent and one of the greatest voices of all time. Her passing is a tremendous shock and a terrible shame. She had a rough life and was under so much pressure as an artist, because she meant so much to the music community. She was one of the most admired singers ever, who was loved by everybody. We're praying for her family." --- Legendary producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff (courtesy of Randex Communications)

"For me Whitney will be remembered for not just the power behind her voice but the way in which she was able to mesmerize the listener. The world has lost one of its priceless treasures, but she has rewarded us with the gift of her music that she leaves behind." --- Stanley Clark, Real Deal Entertainment (courtesy of Shadow Play Entertainment)

"I had the pleasure of seeing Whitney one time, which was the most memorable in my music career. She was and still is a blessing to all who love music. She will be missed and remembered as the greatest female voice ever to record. Her classic tunes are just that Classic! And will remain for a lifetime." --- Breeze McDonald, manager of Island Def Jam recording artist Abraham McDonald

"We love Whitney Houston so much for sharing her special gift with the world.Whitney took the torch from R&B Pioneers before her and carried it to unimaginable heights. Our heartfelt condolences go out to all of Whitney's family members.We are thankful for the many years of support from Whitney's mom, Cissy Houston, and cousins Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick, who all are recipients of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award." --- Rhythm & Blues Foundation Chairman Damon Williams (courtesy of Randex Communications)

"Whitney Houston was more than just another singer. She had the ability to tell your story through her words and delivery. That is what will be missed the most about this shining star. No one will be able to take her place. Whitney's talent put her in a category all to herself. Gone but not forgotten." ---Diane Lacey, Lacey's Promotions

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