Since bursting onto the scene 15 years ago as a staple member of Destiny Child, Kelly Rowland has told anyone who’ll listen that Whitney Houston is her idol.
As such, the legend’s passing on her birthday was sure to have a profound effect on the 31 year old.
In her mourning, the ‘Motivation’ singer has chosen to celebrate Houston’s life through song, performing ‘The Greatest Love Of All’ at last night’s Power of Love Gala, before tributing the late star again while performing at Club Papi Factory.
Watch Ms. Rowland honor her hero with the classic ‘How Will I Know’ below…
A stunning showing, which really underlines Whitney’s impact on Kelly’s vocals (see: power runs).
We’re not sure what it is, but recent performances have really seen Ms. Kelly show up and show out on a vocal tip; particularly given that the odds -in many eyes- were stacked against her singing Mariah and Whitney cuts.
We’re hopeful it’s “this” Kelly which shows up on her upcoming new album. Because, as much as I enjoyed ‘Here I Am’, the album was moreso rich in its hooks and commercial appeal than it was in moments of true vocal brilliance.
Radio today may be flood-filled with barely-there vocalists, yet I say, if you’ve got it, whip it and work it! Especially when striving to stand out from the pack.