Whitney Houston ‘Lifetime’ Bio-Pic Will Feature Deborah Cox’s Lead Vocals…Hear it First

Posted July 20, 2014 by J Matthew Cobb in Features

Deborah Cox sings Whitney: You might be surprised with how good it is

Besides the nasty Twitter drama that unfolded from the floodgates of Bobbi Kristina over the disappointment she had over being “overlooked” to play her legendary mom in the Angela Bassett-directed Whitney Houston bio-pic, curious minds are wondering if the selection of Deborah Cox to handle Houston’s singing parts was a right choice.












In case you missed the earlier memos on the controversial feature scheduled to play on Lifetime sometime next year, they’ve already announced the headlining cast. So far, wise choices visually. Former America’s Next Top Model finalist (and actress) Yaya DaCosta will be playing The Voice, while Final Destination 5 actor Arlen Escarpeta will be playing Bobby Brown. Now word has leaked that the welterweight R&B singer Cox has been assigned to handle Houston’s massive musical collection.

So how does the “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” singer sound on those intimidating classics?

Well, the verdict is out. And we are definitely surprised. Cox not only wows, but she sounds almost exactly like Houston. Whether she’s more focused on imitating the late singer or thinking of her own musical identity, Cox handles “I Will Always Love You” like a pro. Wonder how she will sound on earlier uptempo gems like “How Will I Know” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Especially since Cox is mostly known for singing ballads.

One interesting fact about the Cox hire; she sung with Houston on 2000’s “Same Script, Different Cast.” The song peaked at number 70 pop and number 14 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

In the meantime, listen to rare leaked audio of Cox singing “I Will Always Love You” below:

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