The world lost one of its most cherished voices when Whitney Houston passed away in 2012, but her music continues to live on, and now, an upcoming tribute show in Tel Aviv promises to celebrate the Queen of Pop's musical legacy like never before.
Set to take place at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium on May 17, 2023, this tribute concert features the talented Glennis Grace, whose voice has been compared to Houston's for its powerful and soulful renditions.
"Whitney inspired me as an artist with the way she performed, how she moved on stage and number one is her voice of course. She was a true artist in every bone in her body," Grace tells Ynetnews in an interview.
Grace may be familiar to some of you from her appearance on the 13th season of America's Got Talent, where she received rave reviews from both judges and audiences and made it to the finals. In addition, she represented her home country of the Netherlands in the 2005 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The Dutch singer states that she feels honored to fill the huge shoes of such an iconic and beloved artist as Houston and that she approaches this task with a sense of awe, staying true to the original recordings and honoring Houston's legacy.
Curating a playlist for the concert proved to be no easy feat given Huston's extensive and diverse oeuvre which spans several decades and different genres. Nevertheless, Grace says that she picked songs that the late singer herself loved to perform, ranging from power ballads to more upbeat tunes.
She goes on to list off some timeless classics that we can expect to hear at the show, such as “I Wanna Dance with Somebody", "How Will I Know," "It’s Not Right but It’s Okay" and "I Know Him So Well."
Houston was a complex character who had a rocky love life and a long and well-documented battle with addiction, which unfortunately resulted in her untimely death. However, Grace chooses to remember her for her artistry rather than her controversies.
"I only hear her voice and see her perform on stage. That’s what I would like to remember. Yes, she had a big problem with alcohol and drugs and that is a very strong addiction. To be healed from that is almost inhuman. And if you don’t have the right people next to you in your life, or in a life of a superstar or the music industry and with a gift like she had, it’s very hard to watch. So I would like to remember her as the number one artist she was and always will be," she says.
Grace enjoys researching the culture and people of the countries she visits to establish deeper connections with her audience based on their common admiration for Whitney Houston.
"I just want people to leave with a good feeling and that they were happy that they made the right decision to come to the Whitney Tribute," she concludes.
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