NY Daily News: Clive Davis "It’s been very upsetting that someone who has the gift, as she has, has had the problems that she’s admitted to having gone through in her life in that manner”
Whitney Houston was once heralded as one of the best vocalists of our time but after years of drug abuse and smoking, the woman formerly known as The Voice is only a shell of her former self. Now, after years of supporting her talent, the man who guided Houston’s career, Clive Davis, has revealed his frustrations regarding the singer’s blatant disregard for her own talent.
Davis sat down with The New York Times for an extensive interview where he discussed his amazing career in the music industry and was asked to share his thoughts concerning Houston’s drug abuse. The media mogul was quite frank with his response to the question and noted that it was very “upsetting” to watch her squander her gifts. Yet, Davis remains hopeful that she would someday regain her former glory.
There is no doubt that Davis’ frustrations with Houston have also been experienced by many of her fans. She had one of the most impressive voices in the history of recorded music and such a remarkable command of her instrument yet she carelessly threw it away as she fed her addictions.
Yes, most of the famed vocalists of the 1990s – Houston, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion, for instance – don’t have the ability to sing like they did during their primes but Houston’s downfall could only be described as catastrophic. Some people may not understand these comments so let me be perfectly clear: at her best, there were probably only less than ten other artists who could compete with Houston but she chose to do drugs; she chose to abuse her gift; and she chose abandon her craft to satisfy her own selfish desires.
Also, to those persons who claim that Carey drinks alcohol and that it damaged her voice, that may have been a factor in her gradual vocal decline but she could still deliver terrific performances and once she is rested, she sounds better than most singers out today. Moreover, to those people who say that Dion lip-syncs every single show, that is generally true but when she does sing live, she is still a force with which to be reckoned.
Houston, on the other hand, could barely hold a note in her current condition and her best showings of the last few years were of her singing ‘I Look To You’ and ‘Didn’t Know My Own Strength’, which are both incredibly simple songs for almost any act to handle. Thus, Davis and anyone with functioning ears are justified to feel upset or even disgusted. Let’s just pray that Houston rebounds to an acceptable singing standard or at least makes the decision to retire.
Click here to watch Davis talk about Houston’s drug abuse (at the 46:30 mark). http://new.livestream.com/channels/387/videos/78665
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