CeCe Winans and Kelly Price paid tribute to the legendary Cissy Houston during the Essence Festival gospel tribute on Sunday in New Orleans. The ladies sang “Count On Me” which was originally performed by Winans and Whitney Houston.
An accomplished singer and songwriter, Dr. Houston’s multi-faceted history in music has a presence in both Soul and Gospel music that dates back 6 decades. She first got her start in the industry as a child, where she joined her sisters to form the gospel singing group, The Drinkard Sisters. In the mid 1960s, she joined forces with her niece Dee Dee Warwick and songstress Doris Troy as a part of the Sweet Inspirations singing trio. The group later went on to sing backup for a host of notable artists including Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Lou Rawls, and her niece, Dionne Warwick.
During her acceptance speech, Houston thanked CeCe Winans for being there for her daughter (the late Whitney Houston) and her family.
Watch the performance below: