Back by popular demand, ‘The Greatest Love Of All: The Whitney Houston Show’ has returned to Cape Town to once again to honour and celebrate one of the world’s most loved pop divas.
The show is on at the Artscape Opera House until July 16. Starring the voice of Capetonian Belinda Davids live on stage with a seven-piece live band, dancers and theatrical effects, ‘The Greatest Love Of All’ launched just over three years ago and has gone on to perform to over 80000 people so far across the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Dubai and North America.
Peter Tromp had a chat with Davids.
According to your bio, you fell in love with Whitney Houston when your heard the 1985 song ‘Hold Me’, which featured Teddy Pendegrass. What is it about that song resonated with you?
First it was her voice, it was so pure and clear, and then the contrast between their voices was perfect. And then there was the deliverance. It was so believable even though she was only 17, I think. I am not even sure if Whitney even knew or understood what the true meaning of love was at her age. I for sure didn’t know what love was at that age, but she made me want to be in love.
What is the biggest challenge in singing Whitney’s songs live?
Being perfect every night is what is the most challenging for me. All the songs I do are vocally challenging. All her songs have such a great range that I have tried to pace myself, but her songs do not allow me to do that as I have to give my best every night.
Your bio also states that you travel the globe six months of the year singing as Whitney Houston. What is it like performing the music of an artist you admire to different audiences across the world? And what is the impact like on your family?
It’s pretty amazing to see what peoples’ reactions are to the show. One thing they all have in common is that they love her unconditionally, still. Besides the fact that I miss my children immensely, I always prepare them for the times I go away, which makes it easier for them and the impact of me not being there less. And I also try to talk to them all the time while I’m away.
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