Cissy Huston


Cissy Houston in 1975
Background information
Birth name Emily Drinkard
Born September 30, 1933 (age 83)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Origin Newark, New Jersey
Soul gospel disco
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1956–present
Labels RCA, Commonwealth United, Private Stock, Motown, Janus, Major Minor, Columbia, A&M, Delta Music, Harlem Records
Associated acts Whitney Houston, Sweet Inspirations, The Drinkard Singers, Dionne Warwick, Elvis Presley, Herbie Mann, Luther Vandross
Emily “Cissy” Houston (née Drinkard; born September 30, 1933) is an American soul and gospel singer. After a successful career singing backup for such artists as Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin she embarked on a solo career, winning two Grammy Awards for her work.

She is the mother of singer Whitney Houston, grandmother of Whitney’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, aunt of singers Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, and a cousin of opera singer Leontyne Price.

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