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Whitney Houston on ‘GMA’: ‘Don’t be worried anymore’

Whitney Houston on stage in Central Park Tuesday. Credit: AP

Whitney Houston on stage in Central Park Tuesday. Credit: AP

“Good Morning America” co-host Diane Sawyer acknowledged her last controversial chat with pop star Whitney Houston when they embraced again in a taped segment that aired Wednesday morning on the ABC morning show.

Referencing the former Atlantan’s infamous “crack is whack” interview with Sawyer seven years ago, the TV journalist told Houston on stage in Central Park, “I was worried for you.”

The singer reassured Sawyer, “Don’t be worried anymore. If you know God, don’t be worried.”

Asked what got her through drug rehab, a very public divorce and shaping a career comeback with mentor Clive Davis, the singer explained: “My faith and the love and support of my family which I do have. The support of my friends in the good, bad and indifferent times.”

Referring to the title track of her new album, “I Look to You,” Houston pointed to the crowd and said: ” ‘I Look to You’ is about them!”

In a curious move, Houston’s mini-concert appearance on “GMA” was pre-taped Tuesday in Central Park. Sawyer and co-anchor Robin Roberts did mention that the concert segments were not airing live.

Houston’s daughter with ex-hubby Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina who still resides with relatives here in the metro area, joined her mom on stage at one point. Houston’s mother, singer Cissy Houston was in the front row where she dedicated “I Look to You” to her.

Houston’s voice’s was raspy in portions of the mini show but good will from sign-clutching, screaming fans clearly encouraged her.

“GMA” reps emailed by Buzz Tuesday did not respond to our questions regarding the taping. But Houston conceded last month that she’s “not a morning person.”

During “GMA” commercial breaks, a teaser ad for the Sept 14 season premiere of “Oprah” ran, announcing that Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Houston will air in two-parts on Sept 14 and 15 and promised “no topic is off limits.”

The spot featured Winfrey asking the following tantalizing hardball questions: “When did the drugs start?” “What finally made you decide, ‘I’m out of this marriage?’ ” and “Were you afraid you had lost the voice?”

So what was your take on Houston’s performance? Are you setting the TiVo for “Oprah” next Monday and Tuesday? Is fan good will enough to sustain a comeback or has Houston lost her most valuable commodity: that majestic voice?

130 comments Add your comment

NY2GA, Inc.

September 2nd, 2009
9:22 am

I’m rooting for her. Go Whitney!

Frosty

September 2nd, 2009
9:32 am

Congratulations Whitney. Welcome back!

Joan

September 2nd, 2009
9:33 am

I’ll take every step with you Whitney. Love always

Reign

September 2nd, 2009
9:33 am

I love Whitney Houston and I’m happy she’s weathering her life storm, however, I think her new CD is just “OK.” Her voice is clearly not what it use to be. She’s unable to hit the high notes and her voice is very raspy. I feel her voice has gotten more mature sounding and the upbeat pop type songs are not appropriate for her new voice. She’s like a new artist and has to find songs and producers that cater to her new vocals

Lorraine

September 2nd, 2009
9:34 am

People, you can support her best by buying her music! Go out now and get her new CD….Help her make it to the top! She’s come a long way!

Joan

September 2nd, 2009
9:38 am

Why don’t you put your own CD out with high note then you can give your point of view, who do you think you are hater.

JanG

September 2nd, 2009
9:41 am

Not her best performance….! She still needs more rehearsal..Voice was cracking and she was definitely winded when she started…Did she run through Central Park before getting on stage? Keep Bobbi Christina in college, she can’t sing….And yes we know whe her father is, Whitney didn’t need to remind us! Get off of the defensive ride Whitney we all make mistakes. Move forward and let the past be the past!

towanda fanda

September 2nd, 2009
9:42 am

“Crack is whack” – Whitney Houston

Michelle

September 2nd, 2009
9:43 am

Whitney looks FAB and I will always LUV Her!!!!

audrey

September 2nd, 2009
9:45 am

i luv u whitney ,u r d best

IheartRHOA

September 2nd, 2009
9:45 am

Here’s hoping Whitney finds her way back to the top!

Richard Eldredge

September 2nd, 2009
9:47 am

Good morning, commenters. Peach Buzz columnist Richard Eldredge here. We’re going to try a little experiment today on here. Let’s have a vigorous, animated discussion without the name-calling, the race-baiting and the poor grammar. I’m really interested, in light of this morning’s broadcast, about your thoughts on that last question I posted above.
Frankly, is fan good will enough to sustain a comeback, especially in a current music industry where most artists find it necessary to tour due to declining album sales.
I’m interested in feedback about Whitney’s voice and what you feel her prospects are for a sustained career in music now?
If these comments become juvenile or demeaning, they will be deleted.
Let’s have a productive chat.
Many thanks for taking the time to post your thoughts.

Sherry

September 2nd, 2009
9:51 am

I’m glad she weathered the storm and MADE IT! For a long while I didn’t think she would live to see this day. Welcome back Whitney!

Rebecca

September 2nd, 2009
9:53 am

Her point is clear! If you have God in your life there is no need to worry. Be patient! Whitney is back and there is alot more for us to enjoy from her in the future. Missed you Whitney. Prayers & Blessing to you!

Eve

September 2nd, 2009
9:53 am

I remain a Whitney fan. She has taken the most important step – returning clean. Given what she took her precious instrument through it’s great that she can still sing. That said, her voice has matured, her mid range is still solid. Like many other singers she hasnto find her music in this new range. Although it is not as broad as it was in the early years, it’s still better than many newer artists. MDB, Worthy, are squarely within her current range. She still has the vocal styling!!

Her challenge will be adjusting the old favorites to her current range. Fans who want to hearnhose sung as they were 25 years ago will be harsh, but her passion and stage presence are there.

This is a story about triumph over tragedy!! She rises again, like the Phoenix. Just in a different octave.

I believe in her!!

Joie

September 2nd, 2009
9:56 am

Whitney will always have my love, support and prayers. those of us who love her have prayed her back to where she is and our prayers will take her bcak to the top. When God is for you, who can be against you! The negativity will always be there. People forget that she had a childhood accident with a hanger damn near ripping out her esophagus………they blame every raspy note on drugs. I Love You Whitney!

My Thoughts

September 2nd, 2009
9:56 am

I wish Whitney nothing but the best.

TheVoiceNoMore

September 2nd, 2009
10:00 am

Today’s performance on GMA was no surprise for me. I used to be a WH Fanatic! However, I am a realist and the reality is that THE VOICE is no longer there….it’s sad and I wanted to cry listening to her today. I was totally embarrassed for her. I also see where they edited her “apology to the audience” for her voice…and yes, why even mention Bobby’s name–just a reminder of how awful she sounds now. I will support her by buying her CDs but the fact remains her voice is totally different and in a very bad way—-so disappointing. Still wishing her a great new life…

Gary B.

September 2nd, 2009
10:00 am

Her voice is gone….When she tried to sing some of her older hits it was really sad…her stage presence was somewhat odd also….I’m sure her fans are just happy she is alive and able to at least get on a stage….but she will not get any new fans, and paying to see her in concert would be a big waste of money….Don’t see much of a “comeback” here….Sad what she did to herself….

sc

September 2nd, 2009
10:00 am

You have to be kidding!
It was hard to listen to and even harder to watch……

tamara gaither

September 2nd, 2009
10:07 am

I am soooooooooo happy for u whitney. Lets not sho ne negativety lets be thankful that she made it through a very ruff time. that gives a lot of people n her situation to have hope.. GOD HAS UR BACK!!!

Ms.Simon

September 2nd, 2009
10:08 am

Well She looked great on GMA, but her voice was HORRIBLE. Excruciating even. Sorry. Looking at her proud mom in the audience almost brought me to tears.

I’m really happy she’s trying to make a comeback.

I’ll be watching her Oprah interview.

Tina

September 2nd, 2009
10:09 am

Whitney is still effective! I’ll bet that helf of you on your Best day wouldn’t hold a candle to her on her “raspy” days. Haters! She is Whitney Houston! enough said!! Welcome back Whitney.
FYI, don’t look to the fans (they will let you down) Keep on looking to Jesus.

pru

September 2nd, 2009
10:10 am

With whitneys talent, I certainly feel a strong comeback is reasonable. I’m seeing vegas, celine dion, style sold-out venues. She looks great and with a little more time and refinement, she will be back better than ever! So many of us are pulling and praying for her! natalie cole did it and so can u whitney! Keep looking 2 him!!!

Anthony F. Raymond

September 2nd, 2009
10:12 am

I am so delighted that Whitney has returned with a great CD. You know given her success in the past, she has already contributed a catalog of music that will span on forever. In actuality she dosen’t have to hum another note to remain the phenomenal talent that she has always been. He instrument has taken an unfortunate beating, but she has created some great sounds on this album. I am happy that she woke up one morning and decided to take her life and career back. She is inspiring many a recovering addict to have courage and faith of the possibilities of taking steps towards recovery. I have been a Whitney fan since I was in high school. Her music is the soundtrack of my life, as it is for so, so many fans. Again, much love to her and her daughter and yes to Bobby B too….

Simply the Facts

September 2nd, 2009
10:12 am

I think fan goodwill is important for her comeback, but it will not sustain her for too long. The true test is how her voice comes across in a live venue.

Smoking and drug use is a definite no-no for singers and it has killed even some of the best singers over time (Chaka Khan, Faith, Mariah Carey, etc). Let’s face it we live in a digital age and her voice will be pre-recorded and edited to sound flawless so that we get in line to buy the CD. I true WH fans should hold onto her records and reminisce because the new WH will not sound like the old WH.

A lithmus test is for fans to compare the I Will Always Love You song to any track on her new project. Is there a difference in her old voice vs her new voice? To be fair, ignore the music and compare the vocal stamina.

Lastly, be honest in your assessment. If her voice holds up then her days are not numbered, if not then you can always reminisce with her older albums.

Michael

September 2nd, 2009
10:14 am

I’ve loved and been touched by Whitney’s music since 1984 and will always support her no matter what. Unfortunately, her voice is not the same as it was 25 years ago. What caused that, I have no idea and it’s not for me to speculate. I don’t think there is any reason to cry over what once was, just keep moving forward. This reminds me a lot of Barbra Streisand, in her prime there was no one like her but now it’s different. Her voice is lower and she can’t sing the way she did when she younger. No one says anything about that, so why is it so different for Whitney? I think as long as Whitney continues do her thing in the studio and on stage, it doesn’t matter. She has nothing to prove!

TLuv

September 2nd, 2009
10:14 am

I have been a Whitney fan since day one. I have watched in horror how her life went in a down hill spiral. I, like so many other fans, have prayed for her breakthrough & her comeback; not just as an artist, but as a daughter, sister, mother, human being. I’m so happy & proud of her. She finally found the answer to her recovery…to focus on her family & faith as well as “cut the cancer” from her life(those who enabled her addiction). Yes, the beautifully amazing voice we all know & love is no more. But the light, love, & passion is still there. It will be an adjustment hearing this new voice because of what we all expect. But we have to remember she’s a different person now. She’s not the “I Want To Dance” Whitney. She’s not the “I Will Always Love You” Whitney. She is in transition. She still has work to do. True fans, like myself, will not judge her, but love & support her thru this comeback. With that, she will reclaim her spot as one of the greatest female artist. As far as touring goes, once it’s announced she’s coming to town, the tickets will sell out.

Black Girl

September 2nd, 2009
10:15 am

I was a huge Whitney fan, but the drugs have definitely affected her voice. It’s unfortunate because a talent like hers doesn’t come along every day. With a good vocal coach she should be able to get her voice in better shape. I have listened to her CD and think it’s just OK. I’m not particularly fond of the first single but I do wish her a successful comeback.

The Truth Hurts

September 2nd, 2009
10:15 am

I think Oprah will have some of her highest ratings ever, mainly because we are all so curious about celebrities lives. Her voice has definitely lost something, but I still enjoyed her and thought she handled the stage pretty well. Her daughter was very out of place though. Will her fan base sustain her, YES. Will she ever get back to where she was, I doubt it. What she really needs now are excellent accountants, to make sure she handles her money well because it won’t ever be what it was. I would take it though. :-) )

lil birdie

September 2nd, 2009
10:16 am

Regardless of whatever career twist and turn; as a fan, turned colleague, turned friend – she will always have my love and support!!!

Tonia P.

September 2nd, 2009
10:17 am

I will not be TiVo’ng anything dealing with Oprah. She could have done a tribute on Michael Jackson but she didn’t and haven’t acknowledged sympathy for his death. She disappoints me.

support, not charity

September 2nd, 2009
10:18 am

I support anyone who is trying to better themselves. That doesn’t mean I’ll shell out my hard-earned cash to “support” her. Time will tell if she can still make it commercially. In the meantime, I’ll support myself and my family first.

MSCATCH

September 2nd, 2009
10:19 am

God is awesome! I wish Whitney all the best in her attempts for a COMEBACK. If she never sells another album, we all count it a blessing that she is CLEAN and no longer living THAT life anymore.

Mark P

September 2nd, 2009
10:21 am

Whitney looked good but sounded horrible ……. I think the pipe has ruined her voice…….I hope not….

Griffin

September 2nd, 2009
10:23 am

I listened to her album online several days ago. While I am glad Whitney has been able to put aside her past and make a comeback, I think her voice quality has drastically declined. She no longer has that pure, high note hitting voice that won me over as a fan many years ago. While I will “Always Love Her”, I will probably not be buying this album….it just isn’t the same voice of Whitney Houston I admired long ago.

Jim H

September 2nd, 2009
10:26 am

Whitney is a remarkable person who has lived and grown from all life offers both through her challenges and successes…thats really all anyone of us are doing! I have never met nor seen Whitney in person but am so proud to see she is sharing her experience, strength and hope to help others.

I almost forgot, she has a beautiful voice to accompany her natural beauty…both inside and out!

Whitney, through faith and trust will come peace! Its a Spiritual Awakening I believe only a few of us ever really know…Enjoy it a Gift!

Tracey

September 2nd, 2009
10:29 am

I wish her well, I love Whitney now she have a story to tell through her music and I’m so happy she is back, I look to you have made me cry everyone should be able to relate to that song, just to think of the things we all sometimes go through,life is not always sweet but I thank God that I have life though the up’s and the down’s.

Know matter what the hatter!!! out there say Whitney has grown into a great and loving person. God Bless you Whitney and I will always keep you in my prayers.

One of your biggestFan.

Richard Eldredge

September 2nd, 2009
10:30 am

Wow, these comments are great. I knew Buzz readers would provide some good insight on this. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
To Tonia P.: Don’t judge Ms. Winfrey too harshly. Her talk show has been on summer hiatus since Mr. Jackson’s death. I can’t imagine that she won’t devote a show or even a series of shows to the topic once she returns to the airwaves this fall.

Cafe

September 2nd, 2009
10:31 am

I think Whitney will make a comeback just because of fan good will base. I do not believe she’s lost that majestic voice it’s just different. I think she may, over time, find a genre that will support her new voice, maybe vocal jazz. The R&B genre has changed so much since her “layoff”. I wish her all the best! God Bless Whitney!

mia

September 2nd, 2009
10:31 am

What was up at the end where she just walked off the stage. Even Robin was clearly wondering what was up.

I don’t know if the voice is gone for good, but it isn’t ready to tour right now. If she sounds this way now, how is she going to pull off concert dates?

mia

September 2nd, 2009
10:35 am

I don’t watch Oprah now, so I won’t watch/tivo it then. I am sure the most interesting parts will be in the entertainment news afterward.

Jose

September 2nd, 2009
10:40 am

I think Whitney has lost her majestic voice. God gave her a precious gift and she blew it away. God was her everything……but she let him go for drugs. This women had the potential to touch the sky and our souls. I wish her well. But, I believe her voice as a songstress is gone forever.

Lori

September 2nd, 2009
10:43 am

Bless her heart. Bless her courage. Bless her new road on this journey of life… the consequences of our choices is what everyone has to work through. While I was glad Whitney was there, I found it very emotional to watch on many levels. Seeing her was a tear jerker, listening to the words of her songs brought more tears; watching her mother and others… made me cry even more. If it was an emotional currant for me, I can only imagine how she must have/ had to have felt.

Her life is different, her style is different, her voice is different… but different does not have to be bad… it’s just different. She has the potential, ability and gift to make it all better than ever, while different.

Life requires change and change makes us different… but her essence is untouched! God bless Whitney, Kristina and the transition. Transform us baby!!! I think we have to be patient…

Karma is inevitable… do onto others as you would want them to do onto you. Let’s be careful how we make judgment on her situation. We all have our own “crack stories” called stupid and I knew better [the rest shall remain nameless/ blameless].

No weapon formed against Whitney Houston, her daughter or her journey can prosper. It will be through their testimony that people will come to believe and see that anything is possible if you just trust yourself, believe you can and press forward [it is not easy but it is possible]. It is not where we start but where we finish and Whitney has been born again… given a chance to recreate herself, anew. Bless her Lord!!!

That is what I would want, if it were me.

NJN

September 2nd, 2009
10:43 am

everyone deserves a chance. buy the cd, give her a chance. hopefully, she will and we will learn from life and not continue to have to stumble and fall but to walk and pray and keep god for real, meaning just praying is not always enough in his house, dedicated as your are to all things for he will see you through. stop playing people and take a look. Go Whitney……………… bobbi christina, school, college, learn the business side but singing leave it to your mother and grandmother. God Bless.

Michelle Powell

September 2nd, 2009
10:45 am

I was with her then and I am with her now!! Whitney was born to do what she does. She’s a survivor and I Adore Her!!! Even during the bad times I had faith that she would come back!!

pmf

September 2nd, 2009
10:49 am

I used to admire her voice, but this performance on GMA was terrible. Not only could she not hit the notes, when it came time to talk to people, she couldn’t form a complete sentence. I think it’s admirable that she is trying to put her past behind her, but there is clearly more going on her than the fact that her voice is just not the same. The repetition of the same comments over and over, and her inability to express more than “I love you more” was very sad. I hope she continues to get help, but I don’t think she is ready for this so called “come back”.

Cynthia

September 2nd, 2009
10:51 am

I am so happy Whitney Houston has made a comeback. I have been a fan from the start. Her new CD is great – I can’t stop playing it. I saw her performance on GMA this morning and was near tears just seeing her on stage and the energy she had during the performance. You can tell she appreciates her fans for sticking with her during the ups/downs in her life. God is so good and has blessed her in every step in this comeback.

tcote

September 2nd, 2009
10:53 am

Not her best performance she hardly even sang a whole song… She just really talk to the people I was a WH fan and honestly really hope she is better. Come on people REALLY she’s lost that majestic voice because of drug abuse!

Uncle Tom

September 2nd, 2009
10:54 am

I’ve always been a fan. And I’m certainly even more thrilled to hear all the hype with her new music because I’ve just about had it with seeing/hearing Beyonce’s name everywhere!!