By: Gabby Cellucci
Whitney Houston is keeping her legacy alive even beyond the grave. Seven years after her passing, and she is still topping the charts with her cover of “Higher Love,” featuring Kygo.
Houston first recorded her rendition of Steve Winwood’s song back in 1990. It was originally going to be part of her third album I’m Your Baby Tonight, but the record company ultimately decided to not put it in the final release of her album because “we didn’t want her being a cover artist at that time,” Clive Davis, former record label impresario, said to Rolling Stone. According to Davis, Houston’s cover of this song was released as a bonus cut only in Japan at the time.
Reported by Rolling Stone, many of Houston’s fans find her rendition of “Higher Love” to be “elusive and never heard before.” Houston’s sister-in-law Pat Houston is the sole executor of the late singer’s estate, who is currently working to release more projects related to the beloved music icon as a way to celebrate her legacy. Pat Houston told Rolling Stone that it felt like a good time to release Whitney Houston’s version of “Higher Love.”
Whitney Houston’s estate and RCA Records decided to seek out a collaboration with the Norwegian DJ Kygo rather than revamp Whitney Houston’s original recording. According to Pat Houston, she thought the collaboration was a great idea because she found his remix of “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye to be well done. She also believed that Whitney Houston’s cover song would be in safe hands with Kygo and was very uninvolved in the musical making.
According to Rolling Stone, Kygo wanted to create a balance between producing something “fresh and new,” while not tampering too much with the original recording.
“I was trying to make it sound like something that she would’ve done, but also something that’s my style,” Kygo said in a statement to Rolling Stone.
Reported by Rolling Stone, Pat Houston said that her ultimate goal is to keep Whitney Houston’s memory alive for the next generation, while reminding her longtime fans the reason for being so supportive of Whitney Houston from the start.