Last Thursday, Jordin Sparks came to Atlanta to promote “Sparkle,” which opens today.
Though Sparks is the headlining name on the marquee, it would be silly to think that the movie’s greatest appeal is anything other than it features Whitney Houston in her final role.
When we talked to Sparks at the Four Seasons in Midtown (and, for more “Sparkle” insight, colleague Howard Pousner talked to Curtis Mayfield’s widow about the timeless Mayfield songs in the movie), she said she loved being part of something that helped make Houston smile.
Here are a couple of Houston tracks that always made me smile, as well as a listen to her final recording from the “Sparkle” soundtrack.
Do you plan to see the movie this weekend in memory of Houston?
“All at Once” from a 1987 awards show appearance. A song so melodic, it aches.
Whitney’s isolated vocal track from “How Will I Know.” If this doesn’t give you chills, you have ice in your veins.
“His Eye is on the Sparrow,” from “Sparkle.” Houston’s voice is relatively weathered and worn, but you can’t argue its authenticity.