This blind, Hispanic girl sings to her heart’s content. Even though she allegedly knows zero English, her vocals ring loudly. It’s obvious that Whitney Houston’s lyrics have left a lasting impact on the world.
Via Facebook, a video upload shows a blind girl lending her voice to the public in a sing-along to Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” The girl’s video was uploaded to Facebook by user Brian D. Outlaw from Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
As can be seen in the video, the blind girl is expressing herself through Whitney Houston’s lyrics, while she sits in front of the camera. And it’s most-possible that the girl doesn’t know she’s being recorded. So, it’s just raw emotion. The video uploader mentioned as follows.
“This little Girl is blind. She’s from Mexico and she doesn’t speak any english. Listen how beautiful she sings Whitney Houston[‘s] ‘I will always love you.’ She learned the song by sound. She doesn’t even know what she is saying. It’s pretty amazing her talent.”
You can view the blind girl’s Whitney Houston performance in the following video.
Whitney Houston’s songs have been known to affect and effect several cultures, internationally. There have been other girls to sing Whitney’s songs on camera as well, with and without ailments. Something about Houston’s voice resonates within the human soul.
Even though Houston recorded this song for The Bodyguard in 1992, it continually influences the masses, as mentions Internet Movie Database (IMDb). According to the source, in 1994, Whitney’s “I Will Always Love You” was selected for two Grammy awards: Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance.
In this particular movie, Houston also played the role of Rachel Marron. IMDb notes the following about Whitney’s character.
“Rachel Marron is a singer who needed a bodyguard, and Frank Farmer volunteered to help Rachel Marron. Marron needed Frank Farmer to protect her and her son, because she knows that someone is after her and her son. And she has to save her and her sons life.”
Yet, interestingly enough, Whitney’s song is actually a remake of country singer Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” from her Jolene studio album in 1974, as mentions Rolling Stone.
This song selection wasn’t blind luck for the pop star. According to Song Facts, it was in the best interests of both Parton and Houston to revive the song. Although Dolly Parton’s version was top charted, it was particularly country in genre. However, when The Bodyguard released and the world heard Whitney’s version, it reached across several genres — including pop, adult contemporary, and soul.
Likewise, as can be seen from the blind girl’s performance, Houston’s song touched lives in multiple countries at that time — including “the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, and Netherlands,” mentions the source.
However, that wasn’t the first time the country singer was approached about the “I Will Always Love You” song. Long before Whitney Houston collaborated on the track, Parton was approached by Elvis and his management company. According to the source, Elvis’ management wanted more than Dolly was willing to offer. Song Facts mentions that — unlike in the case with Whitney Houston — she would’ve given up a vast amount of her rights to the song. It states as follows.
“Elvis Presley wanted to cover it. Parton was interested, but Presley’s handlers insisted that he be given a share of the publishing rights if he recorded it – a common demand at the time. Parton held her ground, which was a very difficult decision, but one that worked out very well for her, since the publishing rights she would have relinquished turned out to be substantial.”
She mentioned that, when she didn’t accept Elvis’ proposal, she cried for a while because she, indeed, desired to hear his voice on her song. However, once Whitney Houston sang her version, she was glad that she held out.
By extension, the aforementioned blind girl is probably glad the original artist held out for Whitney as well. Houston’s pop version made it possible for those lyrics to bridge into Mexico, as well as the other countries that have been influenced by her and Parton’s heart-felt words.
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