Remembered with great fondness By Valerie Milano Hollywood, CA (Hollywood Today) 12/06/2012 – “In the spirit of Whitney, clap!” -Narada Michael Walden getting the sold out crowd amped for his performance to honor the late, great Whitney Houston. This past Wednesday, December 5th, Hollywood Today was there as the GRAMMY Museum hosted a book signing and special performance by the music veteran, giving praise to the life and work of R&B megastar, Whitney Houston. The event took place as part of the continued celebration of Whitney at the GRAMMY Museum’s exhibit Whitney! Celebrating The Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston. Well known for his talents as a producer and songwriter, Walden has earned many accolades for his contributions to film scores and countless collaborations with A-List performers, including The Bodyguard soundtrack, best known for Houston’s hit single I Will Always Love You. Having met Whitney at the age of 13 while recording her mother, Cissy Houston, the two embarked upon a musical journey as artist, producer and ultimately, friends. It is both his professional and personal relationship with Whitney that prompted him to write the newly released book, Whitney Houston: The Voice, the Music, the Inspiration. “That beautiful collaboration between artists, that’s what we’ve found here in this book.” – Songwriter and producer Preston Glass, book publisher Insight Editions. Realizing her untimely death and alleged drug use was a dark cloud that lingered over a life that should otherwise be celebrated and remembered for it’s beauty, Walden and co-writer Richard Buskin provide great insight on Houston’s rise to fame and her life beyond the legend. “The very first thing we did was How Will I Know, so powerful, so clear, so magnificent, so, from there, we did many, many, many, but the very first thing is always the most powerful thing.” – Narada Michael Walden speaking to Hollywood Today on the first time he recorded with Whitney. Backed by a band that included both Christina Aguilera’s guitarist, Fish and Michael Jackson bassist, Alex Al, Walden and his band paid tribute by performing the hits the dynamic duo created together like, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and Where Do Broken Hearts Go. The crowd was brought to our feet as we remembered with great fondness one of the most gifted singers of our time, not for the media frenzy that surrounded her recent years, but the woman who lived life and gave to all of us, only love.