Whitney Houston’s funeral has only been over for a few hours, and yet almost the entire service is already available for viewing via YouTube. If you missed the live coverage this afternoon or you were so moved by the passionate musical tributes to Whitney you want to witness them again, here are five incredibly soulful performances dedicated to the pop diva. These performances, by Stevie Wonder, R. Kelly and more, will remind you that while Whitney soared on the pop charts for most of her career, her voice first came to life on the gospel charts she belted there on the altar of Newark’s New Hope Baptist Church.
5. Stevie Wonder: Ribbon in the Sky/Love’s in Need of Love Today
Stevie seemed a bit weak and shaken at the beginning of his 12 minute performance during Whitney Houston’s funeral, but by the end of this massive opus his voice sounded as clear and emphatic as it ever as.
4. Cece Winans: Don’t Cry for Me
Cece Winans’ voice is exquisite and the sentiment here is beautiful.
3. R. Kelly: I Look to You
I can’t say that I wasn’t stunned when I heard R. Kelly begin to sing this cover of the title track from the last album Whitney Houston would release. The performance isn’t flawless, but it’s got a vulnerable, redemptive quality that was unparalleled today.
2. Donnie McClurkin: Stand
Pure gospel. A monumental performance.
1. Rev. Kim Burrell: A Change Gonna Come (personalized for Whitney Houston)
My comments are unnecessary. This speaks for itself.