Music Veterans React to the Passing of Whitney Houston

Artists have been Twittering, Facebooking and releasing statements on their reactions to Houston's passing:

"I've known Whitney since she was a little girl and I have always loved her. She was like family to me and I will miss her dearly." - Smokey Robinson

"Shattering news about Whitney. RIP." - Slash

"Whitney, your beautiful, pure voice and soul touched us all. You will be missed always. With love, Jackie DeShannon."

"An incredible talent, RIP Whitney Houston" - Karla Bonoff

"I'm speechless...I'm in shock right now. Just pray for her and the family." - Chaka Khan

"Please, please someone tell me it's not true... ... Little by little these deaths kill the best part of each of us, the awe and joy we feel when we hear a gift that can only come from God." - Bette Midler

"She had incredible beauty and talent and yet she seemed to be in so much pain. A terrible loss for her family and for all of us." - Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil

"deeply saddened by the death of Whitney Houston...may she rest in peace." - Russell Simmons

"Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, “Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed."" - Dolly Parton

"Six-time GRAMMY® winner Whitney Houston was one of the world's greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades. Her powerful voice graced many memorable and award-winning songs. A light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched by her beautiful voice." - Neil Portnow, President/CEO Recording Academy

"She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth." - Mariah Carey

"It's a tragedy. Whitney Houston was the greatest singer I've ever heard and she will be truly missed." - Tony Bennett

"I am absolutely heartbroken at the news of Whitney's passing. I always regretted not having had the opportunity to work with her. She was a true original and a talent beyond compare. I will miss her terribly." - Quincy Jones

"I just can’t talk about it now. It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen. ... My heart goes out to Cissy, her daughter Bobbi Kris, her family and Bobby." - Aretha Franklin

"The last time I saw Whitney was at the pool of the Beverly Hilton. This is incredibly heartbreaking." - Nile Rodgers

"There are no words." - Dianne Warren

"I am shocked to hear the news about Whitney Houston. Both of our first albums came out the same year. In my prayers tonight." - Suzanne Vega

"I am completely devastated by the loss of the greatest voice of all time! R.I.P. Whitney Houston. I will always love you!" - L.A. Reid

"Rest in peace, Whitney." - Reba McEntire

"God, I'm sad about Whitney Houston. That kind of voice is a major gift to humanity. I hate drug addiction with all my heart." - Rosanne Cash

"I am so sad. She was young. A great voice gone. xx cyn" - Cyndi Lauper

"Last time Whitney & I spoke was backstage at DWTS after her performance when I was competing. She was so nice to me. Sad what drugs will do. ... Make it a great day today. Tell your spouse you love them. Hug your kids. Do something kind for someone. Life if so precious. RIP Whitney." - Donny Osmond

"Her passing is a tremendous shock and a terrible shame. She had a rough life and was under so much pressure as an artist, because she meant so much to the music community. She was one of the most admired singers ever, who was loved by everybody. We’re praying for her family." - Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff

1 comment

Anonymous said...

Such a tragic loss to music. Rest in peace dear Whitney. Pam T Nottingham xx

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