When Whitney Houston passed away back in February, she had already finished working on her final film Sparkle, a remake of a rags-to-riches flick from 1976 co-starring Jordin Sparks. That toil included Houston’s final new recordings, including the duet “Celebrate,” which just surfaced this morning.
Like all the music from Sparkle, this tag-team between Houston and Sparks was produced by R. Kelly, and his fingerprints are all over the bubbly backing track and unfussy arrangement.
Houston isn’t asked to do all that much, but the song drives home how authoritative her voice could still be and just how much Sparks’ approach owes to Whitney’s. Give “Celebrate” a spin below.
Did you hear the “We love you, Whitney” shout-out at the end of the song? It’s a sweet gesture, and “Celebrate” feels like a fitting epitaph for Houston.
Sparkle, which was directed by Salim Akil (Jumping the Broom, TV’s The Game) and also stars Derek Luke, Mike Epps, and Cee-Lo Green, hits theaters on August 17.
What do you think of “Celebrate”? Do you think Sparks and Houston sound good together? Are you looking forward to the rest of the music from Sparkle?