Singer's final tracks will be shown on the big-screen, say reports
The last songs Whitney Houston recorded before her death will be featured in the forthcoming film Sparkle, according to reports.
Billboard says that the singer, who was found dead in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton yesterday (February 11), will appear in the film singing her cover of the gospel standard ‘Eyes On The Sparrow’.
She also recorded a duet with the film’s star Jordin Sparks on the track ‘Celebrate’, which was written by R Kelly and will be played over the movie’s closing credits.
The film, which is being made by Sony Pictures, is a remake of a 1976 movie of the same title and will be Houston’s first big-screen appearance since her role in The Preacher’s Wife, which was released in 1996.
Houston was also an executive producer on the film, which tells the story of three singers living in Harlem during the 1950s and also stars Cee Lo Green.
Sony Pictures paid tribute to Houston following her death, stating:
Like all those who knew and loved her, we are shocked and saddened and the world has lost an incomparable talent. Right now our thoughts are with her daughter, her family and her friends.
Whitney Houston, who sold 200 million albums worldwide, famously battled drug addiction throughout her career. She leaves behind one child, Bobbi Kristina, whose father is her ex-husband, singer Bobby Brown. The pair were married from 1992 until 2007.
Born in 1963 in Newark, New Jersey, she went on to release her debut, self-titled album in 1985. She released seven albums in all, her last being 2009’s ‘I Look To You’. Brought up in a musical family, her mother Cissy Houston is a soul and gospel singer and her cousin is Dionne Warwick. Houston’s godmother is Aretha Franklin.
The cause of Houston’s death has not yet been disclosed, although US gossip site TMZ has claimed prescription drugs were present in the room and it was possible the 48-year-old drowned in the bath.