Gaither Music Group, Arista/Legacy Recordings and The Estate of Whitney E. Houston to release long-awaited gospel project
The unmistakable voice of Whitney Houston is powerful and timeless. She is one of the best-selling artists of all time with sales of over 200 million records worldwide, and is the only artist to have had seven consecutive No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
Whitney reached the pinnacle of pop success, becoming one of the most accomplished recording artists of all time. But her heart was always in gospel music, and it profoundly influenced her life and career. On March 24, get to know a side of Whitney intrinsic to her very soul with the release of “I Go to the Rock: The Gospel Music of Whitney Houston.”
“I Go to the Rock: The Gospel Music of Whitney Houston” will be available on CD through Gaither Music Group and on all digital streaming platforms via Arista/Legacy Recordings (in cooperation with The Estate of Whitney E. Houston) and may be preordered now.
The documentary TV special and corresponding album and DVD document Whitney’s gospel journey, and feature six never-before-released songs – several from as early as 1981. The 15-track album includes versions of cherished gospel evergreens including “Jesus Loves Me” and “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.” The album will also unveil unreleased tracks such as “He Can Use Me,” a live version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “I Found a Wonderful Way,” and “Testimony,” which will be the first single from the project out Feb. 9.
A press release noted, “These recordings invite us into the deep faith behind the voice that continues to uplift and impact countless lives around the world.”
The documentary TV special, “I Go to the Rock: The Gospel Music of Whitney Houston,” will air on multiple TV networks, premiering Friday, March 24 (8 p.m. ET) on both UPtv and AspireTV.
“ ‘I Go to the Rock: The Gospel Music of Whitney Houston’ is a testament of Whitney's heart,” stated Pat Houston, executor of the Estate of Whitney E. Houston. “Her love for gospel music permeates through every song with love, compassion and conviction. To love Whitney is to love what she represents to all that love the gospel. I salute this project knowing that Whitney always stood on a solid rock for her love of gospel music. I hope you enjoy this amazing project that was simply a labor of love for all involved.”
The press release stated, “The documentary and corresponding DVD, ‘I Go to the Rock: The Gospel Music of Whitney Houston,’ is a fascinating visual journey into Whitney’s faith and love of gospel music. Hosted by acclaimed, Grammy-winning gospel singer CeCe Winans and produced by Barry Jennings, the documentary intimately and comprehensively explores the steadfast faith that accompanied Whitney to stardom.
“The documentary will take viewers on a journey from her first-ever performance in front of an audience to her many breathtaking appearances performing gospel songs through 1996’s ‘The Preacher's Wife’ soundtrack, the best-selling gospel album of all time. Select standouts on this visual treasure include unforgettable performances at the NAACP Image Awards, at the American Music Awards, and at Ebony’s 50th Anniversary TV special.”
“It has been an honor to work with the Estate of Whitney E. Houston and Primary Wave Music to create this special recording and documentary,” stated President of Gaither Music Group Paul Sizelove. “The voice and impact of Whitney Houston is incalculable. These collections capture the origin of her singing, celebrate some of her triumphant performances, and detail the foundation of gospel music that was a passion and a source of strength for her. We are thrilled to be a part of sharing her inspiring story and gospel music legacy with the world.”