Throwback: Whitney Houston-I’m Your Baby Tonight

Whitney Houston’s I’m Your Baby Tonight was her third album.  L.A. Reid and Babyface exclusively wrote and produced all of the songs and for the first time Houston was able to give her most input about creative choices. “I’m Your Baby Tonight” the single, was an upbeat danceable pop ballad. Reid revealed in his book that Houston recorded her less than 5-minute vocal virtuosity in one take because she wanted to go to the mall. The Julien Temple directed video was a combination of contemporariness and a tribute to old Hollywood stars like Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich and Motown singers The Supremes.  “I’m Your Baby Tonight” is one of Whitney Houston’s most relevant songs decades after it became an international Top-Ten hit. The collaboration with Babyface and L.A. Reid was a breakthrough moment in pop music. Their ability to nurture Houston’s genius range, gospel base and lightning-approach into one of the most danceable pop songs was audio bliss. The worldwide popularity of the 1990-released album that also had guest appearances from Luther Vandross and Stevie Wonder solidified Houston’s superstardom. 

It was announced in 2020 that Naomi Ackie was chosen to play the late Houston in the biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody.