I realized last night, that even a die-hard country music fan can understand the kind of loss a singer like Whitney Houston is to the industry. I very rarely listen to any music – except country. Country music is what I like, what I listen to, and what I know. But of course I know who Whitney is, and of course I have heard her remarkable voice. And, I join everyone who is offering their expressions of sympathy to Whitney’s family.
Dolly Parton, who’s song “I Will Always Love You,” was a hit for Whitney, said: "Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston," Parton said. "I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed." [Source]
If you’ve been watching Twitter since the death was confirmed, you know what our country artists have been saying – if you haven’t, here are a few of the comments that have been made on Twitter.
Reba McEntire: I do think the Grammys tonight will be a wonderful way to celebrate Whitney’s career while paying tribute to her.
Jay DeMarcus: Still can’t quite comprehend that Whitney is gone….
Sons of Sylvia: Bye Whitney. R.I.P. Ash
Billy Ray Cyrus: R. I. P. Whitney Houston. I will always love you and your music and talents will live on forever.
Chris Young: RIP Whitney Houston. Truly one of the best vocalists of all time/all genres. #sadday
Lady Antebellum: We are so heartbroken to hear of the loss of Whitney Houston. One of the best voices EVER! Praying God’s comfort for her family. ~hill
Clay Walker: Sad day..Whitney Houston gone too soon…”We will always love you”…see you on the other side sweetheart
Chely Wright: Whitney Houston, rest in peace. I can’t stop crying. So sad.
Love and Theft: Rest In Peace to the incredibly talented Whitney Houston – you will be missed
Danny Gokey: Whoa!!! just found out Whitney Houston died!!!!! Such sad news
LeAnn Rimes: Whitney Houston was the first cd I ever bought. She had a God given gift. Hopefully, she’s singing with angels now.
Josh Thompson: R.I.P Whitney Houston, I will always love you! Too soon?
I’m sure the comments will keep coming. I think it is going to be a while until people stop thinking about Whitney leaving this world, all too soon. And I agree with Reba’s comment above. The Grammy’s will be a wonderful way to celebrate Whitney’s career.