Whitney Houston’s final song, a collaboration with Jordin Sparks from the “Sparkle” soundtrack, debuted on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show today.
“Celebrate,” an uptempo jam with sunny, optimistic lyrics about shunning hate, urges listeners to “just cast your cares away.” The song’s bridge promises, “I’m gonna give you a reason why you should clap your hands and jump for joy.”
Houston sounds a bit husky, but her lower register contrasts well with Sparks’ girlish strains.
The song is the last Houston recorded before her death in February, and while it isn’t an instant classic, it’s a pleasant pop piffle that will be remembered for what it represents.
“Sparkle” opens in theaters Aug. 17. The soundtrack, expected to be released in late July, also features Houston singing “His Eyes on the Sparrow,” and includes several other Sparks songs and a contribution from Cee Lo Green (“I’m a Man”).