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Whitney Houston's 'voice cracks' as she struggles through comeback concert



By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 4:10 PM on 02nd September 2009




Hundreds of fans queued overnight in New York in anticipation of Whitney Houston's first public concert in years.

But when the formerly troubled singer took to the stage in Central Park yesterday morning, the 5,000-strong crowd were stunned to hear Houston's hoarse voice struggling to hit the high notes.

Currently on the comeback trail with her new album I Look To You, Houston resorted to letting the audience sing the chorus to her tracks after admitting her voice wasn't up to scratch.

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article-1210710-06415B9A000005DC-857_468x517.jpg Difficult comeback: Whitney Houston struggled to hit the high notes when she performed for Good Morning America in Central Park, New York on Tuesday


The 46-year-old singer was performing at a special free concert at Tuesday lunchtime in a pre-recorded segment for popular U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America, to be broadcast today.

Before launching into a rendition of female anthem I'm Every Woman, Houston conceded her vocals were strained after she taped a lengthy interview with Oprah Winfrey the day before.

She said: 'I'm so sorry. I did Oprah. I've been talking for so long. I talked so much, my voice...

'I shouldn't be talking. I should be singing.'


article-1210710-064131D7000005DC-25_468x328.jpg Sing it for me: Whitney let the crowd since the chorus after conceding her voice wasn't as strong as usual


Fortunately Houston was given some assistance in the form of the audience, who knew all the words, and GMA hosts Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts.

Interviewing Houston after her performance, Sawyer said: 'Seven years ago, looking in each others’ eyes, it was a very different world then. I was worried for you.'

Houston replied: “Don’t be worried any more. If you know God, then don’t be worried.

'The love and support of my family, which I do have. People who care about you in the good and bad times.'

She also brought her 16-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina on stage to sing with her, and her mother Cissy could be seen watching from the side of the stage.


article-1210710-06413698000005DC-129_468x316.jpg Family ties: Whitney's teenage daughter Bobbi Kristina joined her for a duet of My Love Is Your Love




article-1210710-06413D97000005DC-593_468x339.jpg Helping hand: GMA hosts Robin Roberts (left) and Diane Sawyer (right) helped Whitney sing I'm Every Woman



article-1210710-0043C51F00000258-502_233x344.jpg Fears: A gaunt Whitney performing at Michael Jackson's 30th anniversary concert in New York in 2001


One fan Joao Andrade, 28, told the New York Daily News: 'I expected (the performance) to be longer. She couldn't sing. She was really damaged. I'm a little disappointed. I think she was brave to come out with no voice.'

Houston's comeback album - her first in 10 years - shows a dramatic change in voice for the singer, a more huskier sound.

Her return to the limelight comes after years of admitted drug use and erratic behaviour.

In 2001, Houston shocked fans with her gaunt appearance at a Michael Jackson tribute concert in New York in 2001.

In December 2002, Houston admitted she had experimented with drugs and alcohol during an interview with American broadcaster Diane Sawyer on ABC.

When asked if she had abused alcohol, marijuana, cocaine or pills, she said: 'It has been at times. (All) at time... uh-hm.

'I don't like to think of myself addicted... I had a bad habit which can be broken. I'm not gonna tell you I'm somebody's junkie. My business is sex, drugs, rock and roll. Trust me. I partied my tail off.'

Despite her admittance, she checked into rehab in Georgia two years later.

Since splitting from ex-husband Bobby Brown in 2006 and winning custody of their daughter Bobbi, Whitney has been steadily planning her comeback with the help of J Records boss Clive Davis.


article-1210710-0641435D000005DC-150_468x346.jpg Support: Fans had queued overnight to see the star's comeback gig


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