September 16, 2014

Whitney Houston: Where Is The All-Star Tribute CD?

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After Luther Vandross suffered a severe stroke on April 16, 2003, jazz label Verve Music also released a tribute album to Vandross. The CD was mixed by Ray Bardani, who recorded and mixed most of Luther’s music over the years.

Their collection, “Forever, For Always, For Luther” included the late crooner’s hits performed by Kirk Whalum (‘Any Love’), Paul Jackson, Jr. (‘Never Too Much’), Boney James (‘Wait For Love’), Lalah Hathaway (‘Forever, For Always, For Love’), Mindi Abair (‘Stop To Love’), Dave Koz (‘If Only For One Night’), Ledisi (‘My Sensitivity [Gets In The Way]), Richard Elliott (‘Your Secret Love’), George Benson (‘Take You Out’) and Rick Braun (‘Dance With My Father’).

Hathaway’s version of ‘Forever, For Always, For Love’ became her first number one single and has become one of her signature songs.

When the 54-year-old crooner died in 2005, two more tribute CDs were released.

Clive Davis’ J Records released “So Amazing…An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross” just two months after his death.

The album featured Mary J. Blige (‘Never Too Much’), Usher (‘Superstar’), Fantasia (‘Til My Baby Comes Home’), Beyoncé & Stevie Wonder (‘So Amazing’), Aretha Franklin (‘A House Is Not a Home’), Donna Summer (‘Power of Love’), Alicia Keys featuring Jermaine Paul (‘If This World Were Mine’), Elton John & Luther Vandross (‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’), Celine Dion (‘Dance With My Father’), Wyclef Jean (‘Always & Forever’), Babyface (‘If Only For One Night’), Patti LaBelle (‘Here & Now’), John Legend (‘Love Won’t Let Me Wait’), Angie Stone (‘Since I Love My Baby’) and Jamie Foxx (‘Creepin’).

A second jazz album, “Forever, for Always, for Luther: Volume II” was also released a year after his death. That set included Kirk Whalum (‘Give Me The Reason’), Norman Brown & Everette Harp (‘Til My Baby Comes Home’), Kevin Whalum & Maysa (‘There’s Nothing Better Than Love’), Jeff Lorder (‘For You To Love’), Gerald Albright (‘If This World Were Mine’), Wayman Tisdale (‘The Glow Of Love’), Patti Austin (‘So Amazing’), Najee (‘The Night I Fell In Love’), Jonathan Butler (‘Don’t Want To Be A Fool’), and Will Downing (‘Superstar’).

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It’s been two and a half years since Whitney Houston died on Feb. 11, 2011 and there hasn’t been any tribute albums done.

AlwaysAList.com was wondering why neither music mogul Davis nor the Houston estate had not worked on assembling a group of divas to salute the woman known as The Voice!

Since no one else has done it, we decided to take it upon ourselves to compile the perfect combination of singers and songs that celebrate the iconic music by the late vocal legend. The women below are divas that influenced Houston; were her personal friends; artists that she mentored; and vocalists that she herself  was a fan of.



1. Jennifer Hudson – ‘How Will I Know’
2. Faith Evans – ‘Saving All My Love for You’
3. Yolanda Adams – ‘Greatest Love of All’
4. Monica – ‘I’m Your Baby Tonight’
5. Kelly Price – ‘You Give Good Love’

Kim Burrell, Deborah Cox, Monica, Darlene Love & Brandy

6. SWV – ‘All At Once’
7. Jordin Sparks – ‘It’s Not Right But It’s Okay’
8. Brandy – ‘I Look To You’
9. Mary Mary – ‘Count On Me’
10. Celine Dion – ‘I Will Always Love You’
11. Aretha Franklin – ‘Exhale (Shoop Shoop)’
12. Beyonce, Kelly Rowland & Michelle Williams – ‘Heartbreak Hotel’
13. Deborah Cox – ‘I Have Nothing’
14.Kim Burrell – ‘I Believe in You and Me’
15. Mary J. Blige feat. Dionne Warwick – ‘My Love Is Your Love’
16. Chaka Khan – ‘I Didn’t Know My Own Strength’
17. CeCe Winans – ‘I Love The Lord’

18. Darlene Love – ‘Hold on, Help Is on the Way’

  1. Julien

    Swap out Brandy for Tarralyn Ramsey for “I Look To You.”

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