The “home going” service for Whitney Houston was a beautiful blend of powerful music and poignant words Saturday afternoon in Newark, New Jersey.
Music came compliments of Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, BeBe Winans and gospel singer Kim Burrell.
And the words were crafted by Clive Davis, Tyler Perry and Kevin Costner among others.
“There are two constants that I know about Whitney Houston,” Tyler, who flew her body to New Jersey via private jet, said. “There was a grace that carried her from heaven down through Miss Cissy Houston, a grace that brought her up through singing. The other thing I know for sure: Whitney Houston loved the Lord.”
He added: “Whitney, if you could hear me now, I would tell you, you weren’t just good enough, you were great. You made The Bodyguard the picture that it was. A lot of of leading men could have filled my part. But Whitney, you’re the only one who I believed could have played [the character of] Rachel Marron at that time. I was your pretend-bodyguard once long ago, and now you’re gone too soon.”
Record mogul Clive Davis spoke of her natural gift, “You wait for a voice like that for a lifetime.”