Whitney Houston’s Last Recording, ‘Celebrate,’ Evokes Happy, Warm Feelings

Billy Johnson, Jr.
Hip-Hop Media Training (NEW)

Whitney Houston's last recording, "Celebrate," a duet with Jordin Sparks from the "Sparkle" soundtrack, gives us permission to stop mourning her death and to begin smiling again.

The lively, feel-good song premiered on Ryan Seacrest's radio show Monday. The R. Kelly production highlights reasons to be happy.

Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks' "Celebrate"

Houston sings, 'I'm going to give you a reason why you should clap your hands and jump for joy."

Sparks, who paid tribute to Houston at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday, sings, "The sun has chased all the rain away. No more obstacles in our way."

Houston and Sparks' voices complement each other and leave listeners feeling upbeat and in good spirits.

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Houston, who had been criticized for no longer being able to sing her signature ballads with as much power, sounds great on "Celebrate." The old school party track captures her soul and energy and will surely generate even more anticipation for the film's August 17 release.

In "Sparkle," Houston plays the mother of three girls, including Sparks, struggling to make it in the music business.

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