So many musical talents have died in the last three months, and now Whitney Houston. She had a voice of an angel and her funeral showcased her faith and gospel roots.. May God be with her family and love ones!!
The service was amazing and hopefully allowed closure for her family members. Here is a recap of the service
— “We are here today, hearts broken, but yet with God’s strength, we celebrate the life of Whitney Houston,” said Pastor Joe A. Carter of New Hope Baptist Church. “Whitney, you are the only one who could bring us all together. Whitney, today is your day.”
– Pastor Donnie McClurkin of Freeport’s Perfecting Faith Church singing his hit “Stand,” which he said was one of the Houston family’s favorite songs. The gospel anthem includes the lines, “When there’s nothing left to do, you just stand, watch the Lord see you through. . . . Yes, after you done all you can, you just stand.”
— CeCe Winans sings her own “Don’t Cry for Me.”
— Dionne Warwick reads the traditional bereavement poem, “I’m Free”
— R. Kelly was emotional as he sang the hit he wrote for Houston “I Look to You,” which includes the lines, “After all my strength is gone, in you I can be strong.”
— Stevie Wonder rewrites “Ribbon in the Sky” to tell Houston’s story, changing the chorus to “An angel of God’s choir of love.”
– Davis said Houston was getting ready for a comeback, that she was getting in shape and had given up smoking in order to “get her high notes back.” “Clive,” she told him, “I’m gonna be ready by August.”
– Houston’s mentor Clive Davis said of Houston, “You wait for a voice like that for a lifetime. You wait for a face like that, a smile like that, a presence like that, for a lifetime”
— Alicia Keys said Houston inspired her and other young singers, including Brandy, Monica and Jordin Sparks. “She made us feel strong and capable and loved,” she said. “She’s an angel to us.” She then delivers her song “Send Me an Angel.” Keys has moved up to the position in the service originally reserved for Aretha Franklin, who was too ill to sing.
— Costner: “There’s a lady in heaven who is making God himself wonder how he created something so perfect.”
— The Associated Press is reporting that Bobby Brown left his ex-wife’s funeral before it started. He walked to the casket, touched it and walked out, visibly upset.
— Kevin Costner urges everyone to “suspend our sorrow, perhaps our anger, just long enough to remember the sweet miracle of Whitney.”
– Kim Burrell rewrites Sam Cooke‘s “A Change Is Gonna Come” to suit Whitney Houston. “The change from mortal to immortal… a change has come.”
— BeBe Winans tells a lovely story about “Crazy Whitney” who bought him and his sister CeCe Winans tour outfits. “She decided at the height of her career she was gonna come sing background with BeBe and CeCe,” he said, laughing, adding how he didn’t want her to foot the bill for their clothes. “Y’all broke, right?” she told him. “And, she said, I’m rich, right? So I can buy what I want to for you, right?
— Tyler Perry takes on Houston’s critics, saying, “Say whatever you want, God was for her and she is resting, singing with the angels.”
— “We don’t know why God does what God does,” Pastor McClurkin ad-libs during “Stand.” “But everything God does, he does it well.” His emotional performance brings those gathered to its feet and tears to many, including Houston’s cousin Dionne Warwick, who thanks McClurkin.
Final Song “Let the church say amen”
Houston’s casket was escorted out while her hit song “I will always love you” played in the background.
Funeral can be viewed at http://www.cnn.com/
Photo Credit- The Inquisitr