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Jessie J Was Set To Meet Whitney Houston At Clive Davis' Party The Night She Died

By Ryan Naumann

Jessie J revealed the details of her almost-encounter with Whitney Houston on the night the singer passed away.

The singer joined famed vocal coach Stevie Mackey for an hour-long Instagram live where they sang classics and spilled some tea. Mackey is known for his work with Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Fergie, Kelly Roland, and countless others.

At one point during the IG live, the two started singing Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love Of All.” After Jessie killed the cover, she told Stevie about her personal connection to Whitney. She said she would have loved to meet her during her lifetime.

Jessie was scheduled to perform at Clive Davis’ 2012 pre-Grammy’s party the night Whitney died. Prior to her death, the singer says Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina told her during rehearsals that her mother wanted to meet her.

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Jessie recalled Bobbi Kristina telling her Whitney loved her and had been watching her performances on YouTube. She told Stevie, “It was the weirdest experience because it was really when I was becoming known in the US. And she’s my everything. She’s the reason I started to sing.”

She described being so excited to meet Whitney the night of Clive’s party. Jessie received a call from her manager beforehand informing her Whitney had passed before the two were able to meet. Jessie described being absolutely devastated by the news.

In the past, Jessie J has honored Whitney by performing her hits “I Have Nothing” during a tribute concert along with “I Will Always Love You.”


Back in 2015, Jessie spoke to ET where she talked about Whitney being her musical inspiration. She said, "Ten years ago this year is the anniversary of the day that I auditioned for the girl band that got me my record deal, that got me the record deal where I am now.” The song she chose for her audition was “I Have Nothing” which led to her getting a spot in the girl group, Soul Deep.

She explained her admiration for Whitney saying, “All the songs, she gave so much confidence with them by being loud and having a big mouth and all the things I can relate to. I felt like it was okay to be like that. The way she danced, she was a bit uncomfortable and I'm not a dancer but I'll give it my best."

Jessie added, "I ended up almost singing at her funeral. It's weird because there's been so many moments in my life that, without her realizing it, she's helped me put myself where I am today."

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