We’re pretty sure by now you are well acquainted with the fact that it is girls who run the world.
It’s International Women’s Day today, so what better way to honor all the ladies of music with an all-encompassing effort from none other than The Voice herself.
This week, we give you Whitney Houston’s take on ‘I’m Every Woman.’
The second single from 92’s monumental ‘The Bodyguard’ OST, ‘Woman’ was originally recorded in 1979 by funky diva Chaka Khan.
Written by legendary duo Simpson and Ashford, the reworking was produced by Narada Michael Walden and has a slow-paced introduction before bursting into a 90’s House music affair.
While the original version was considered a hit, peaking at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100, Houston’s incarnation bested it on the charts, reaching #4 in the US. Funnily, the project’s previous single ‘I Will Always Love You’ was still number one when the song reached its peak position.
Worldwide, ‘Woman’ strutted to #2 in Canada, #4 in the UK and #11 in both France and Australia. Talk about a global hit.
A very pregnant Nippy can be seen performing the song in an empty theater for the tune’s visual. With an all-female cast – which includes her mother Cissy, then-budding superstars TLC as well as Chaka Khan herself – Ms. Houston showed the world, like numerous women before her, that they can and should do everything they want, whenever they choose to.
As a voice, That Grape Juice has always been about women empowerment, solidarity and gender-equality. Though there is still a lot of work to be made, we’re glad more ladies are given the opportunity to be heard through their art but also beyond it.
To all the women, from those we know to the ones we intensely stan, we thank you for inspiring us over the years, and hope you can continue to fight with resilience, agility and class.