In 1977, at age 14, she became a backup singer on the Michael Zager Band's single "Life's a Party".While modeling, she continued her burgeoning recording career by working with producers Michael Beinhorn, Bill Laswell and Martin Bisi on an album they were spearheading called One Down, which was credited to the group Material.Rolling Stone magazine praised Houston, calling her "one of the most exciting new voices in years" while The New York Times called the album "an impressive, musically conservative showcase for an exceptional vocal talent".Arista Records promoted Houston's album with three different singles from the album in the US, UK and other European countries.
The album makes her the top female act in the top 10 list of the best-selling albums of all time, at number four.
The final single, "Greatest Love of All", a cover of "The Greatest Love of All", originally recorded by George Benson in 1977, became Houston's biggest hit at the time after peaking No. 1 artist of the year and Whitney Houston was the No.
1 and remaining there for three weeks on the Hot 100 chart, which made her debut the first album by a woman to yield three No. 1 album of the year on the 1986 Billboard year-end charts, making her the first woman to earn that distinction.
Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model.
In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time.