BeBe Winans Fondly Remembers Whitney Houston
By KRISTA WICK
June 27, 2012
BeBe Winans' touching eulogy for his dear friend, Whitney Houston will be forever remembered by mourners of the lost legend. Today, the 49-year-old gospel singer is sharing his heartfelt memories with The Insider as he gears up for the July 31 release of his book, The Whitney I Knew.
"There's so much that she left me with and with our families with that I get a chance to share with the world," explains Winans of his motivation to create the tribute to Whitney, consisting of their shared times, both good and bad.
Featuring photos and personal videos never released to the public, Winans' project of love is the singer's method of coping with the tragic loss, allowing him to "embrace the pain and come on out on the other side."
While sitting down to write the book, Winans wished he'd met Houston at a younger age so that, maybe, things would have turned out differently for the fallen star.
"I just wish I had met her when she was two years old," he says. "She would've been a whole lot stronger and wouldn't care as much as she did."
On that note, he says adolescent stars like Justin Bieber should pay close attention to Whitney's story, as she was also a product of great success at a young age.
"You know, I look at Justin Bieber...I think he's a wonderful young man but I fear for him. I fear for those who are placed in a certain level of this business, and they're young, you know?" Winans shares. "I not only fear for them, but I pray for people like that. Because I believe he's a wonderful, talented young man...but it's hard."
In addition to promoting The Whitney I Knew, Winans is preparing to take his act with fellow musician Dave Koz on the road, as they gear up for a multi-city tour for his patriotic new CD, America America.
The 20-plus city tour features Koz on sax and Winans on vocals performing songs honoring our nation. For a list of concert dates, visit BeBe's website here.