Jordin Sparks And Mariah Carey Reveal Whitney Houston’s Impact

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While promoting her new film Sparkle which hits theaters today, Jordin Sparks visited B96/Chicago and shared some behind-the-scenes details from the set.

Whitney Houston’s family had said it was one of the happiest times of her life and Jordin recalled many special moments she experienced with Whitney while shooting the film.

“There was this one time where I was singing under my breath, and I don’t know why I was singing her song, but I think it was because I knew she was around, and I probably shouldn’t have because I knew she was around,” Jordin said. “I was singing ‘I Have Nothing.’ I was walking up the stairs in the house and all of a sudden I feel this hand on my shoulder and I hear this gasp, and I turn around and Whitney is standing there.”

Surprised to find Whitney on the staircase with her Jordin revealed what happened next.

“I was like, ‘What?’ She goes, ‘I forgot I sang that.’ I was like, ‘How did you forget that you sang this song?’ She said, ‘You know, I sang a lot of songs, and I forget sometimes.'”

Whitney also shared with Jordin what it was like filming The Bodyguard.

“Whitney went into this story about The Bodyguard and recording the soundtrack. ‘That day, I did not want to do it. I was not having it with anybody. I was six months pregnant. My feet hurt, I didn’t want to do this,'” Whitney told her. “She walked in and she said, ‘We’re getting this over with.’ She did it in three takes, and that’s what she got out of it.”

Jordin isn’t the only singer citing Whitney as an inspiration. In fact, Mariah Carey recently told Clizbeats.com that her new single “Triumphant (Get Em)” came during a tough time. Her first single since her 2009 album, Mariah explained how Whitney inspired the song.

“I wanted to put this record out there because it was what I was feeling at the time when we wrote it,” she said. “It was during the time when Whitney had just passed and Nick was in the hospital. We were actually in the hospital together when we saw it on TV. A whole lot of stuff was going on and it was difficult.”

Mariah felt it was her duty to write an uplifting track.

“It was important for me to write something that would help people get through the moment,” she said. “Not that they were going to hear it at that moment, but help me get through the moment. That’s where ‘Stay triumphant, keep on living’ came from.”

-Danielle Clasing and Annie Reuter, CBS Local

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