Cissy Houston, the mother of the late American singer, Whitney Houston, has revealed that she is writing a yet to be titled memoir on the life and times and career of the late pop star.
Whitney, 48, died last February in a Beverly Hill hotel from an accidental drowning caused by cocaine use and heart disease.
Part of the book’s proceeds will be donated to the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey; where Whitney’s funeral was held and where she sang as a child.
In a statement released by HarperCollins, the book’s publisher, Cissy, who had avoided talking about her late daughter’s death since her demise, described her as “one of the most beautiful voices and an extraordinarily beautiful and charitable woman.”
“In sharing our story in this book, I hope to give her fans something to treasure, the way we all treasured Whitney. We are still receiving thousands of letters each day from her fans, and I hope reading this book will provide a deeper understanding into my daughter’s true story,” said Cissy, 78, a former gospel and backup singer for Aretha Franklin.
The book’s publisher said that Cissy’s memoir will reflect on her grief as a mother as well as her daughter’s remarkable career, drug problems, and marriage to Bobby Brown.
“She will tell the unabridged and unbelievable story of her daughter’s life as well as her own, addressing Whitney’s brightest and darkest moments while helping fans around the world understand the complexities of this extraordinary star who died much too soon,” HarperCollins said in a statement.
“Ultimately, Cissy will go behind the headlines to show the true, human sign of this strong, successful yet complicated musical icon, capturing the dramatic depths and soaring range of an extraordinary woman, along with the pain and heartbreak of a grieving mother as she struggles with impossible loss,” the statement added.
Whitney’s music career, which spanned several decades, produced several hits such as “The Greatest Love of All,” “I Will Always Love You,”
“Saving All My Love for You,” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?”