By IVAN THOMAS-HICKS
Now nearly 10 years after her death, ABC News is enlisting Nippy’s close friends and family for the special that features never-before-seen private video showcasing her in a new light.
“Superstar: Whitney Houston” features new interviews with Brandy, Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans, and Darlene Love; Narada Michael Walden, musician and producer; Michael Bearden, musical director; and Savion Glover, dancer, and choreographer. ABC News adds that it also includes interviews with Houston and Bobby Brown from the ABC News archives.
In a preview clip, Chaka is seen reflecting on having a 15-year-old Whitney sing background for her after being recommended by Cissy Houston herself.
The special also recalls the moment Whitney performed in her mother’s act at the local nightclub Sweetwater’s and captured the attention of legendary producer and recording executive Clive Davis. In 1963, she signed with his record label Arista Records and her iconic career began.
According to Whitney’s fairy goddaughter Brandy who mourned Whitney passing on her birthday, the songstress was a true pioneer.
Watch the trailer for “Superstar: Whitney Houston” below. It airs Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. It can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.