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Country Stars Remember Whitney Houston

Posted By Sarah Wyland On February 12, 2012 @ 11:28 PM In Country Music News | Comments Disabled

Whitney Houston & daughter

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Whitney Houston (L) and Bobbi Kristina Brown arrives at the 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen at Beverly Hilton on February 12, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Whitney Houston wasn’t a country artist, but she inspired and touched the lives of many country stars all the same. As news of her death on Saturday in Beverly Hills spread, artists took to Twitter and Facebook to express their sympathy and offer their condolences. Dolly Parton [1] had the privilege of having Whitney record her song, “I Will Always Love You,” for The Bodyguardsoundtrack in 1992. The song went on to become one of Whitney’s signature hits.

“Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston,” Dolly said in a statement on her website [2]. “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.’”

As her co-star in The Bodyguard, Kevin Costner [3], who performs with his band Modern West, urged Whitney to record “I Will Always Love You.” Watch this video from 2009 as Kevin talks about starring with Whitney in the movie and urging her to record a ‘little country song’ her camp wasn’t so sure about.

LeAnn Rimes [4] took the news of Whitney’s death hard, tweeting [5]“Whitney Houston was the first cd I ever bought. She had a God given gift. Hopefully, she’s singing with angels now.” Later, as LeAnn was preparing to go onstage, she tweeted again, sharing how Whitney inspired her:

“I can’t stop crying. I have a show to do soon. Wow, I learned how to do what I do because of 3 great women, one being Whitney. She was always so kind to me. This is not gonna be an easy show for sure. I’m doing what she taught me to do by listening to her records over & over as a little girl. Her death is very surreal.”

Many more country stars tweeted their shock, grief and condolences:

Martina McBride [6]- @martinamcbride: [7] So sad about Whitney. She was one of my singing idols. Prayers going up for her family, especially her daughter.

Jewel [8]- @jeweljk: [9] What a shame, not just because a great voice is silent, but a great LIFE is ended way too early. My thoughts are with her family

Sugarland [10]@Sugarlandmusic [11]: A beautiful voice and a talent beyond compare. You will be missed. –K

Luke Bryan [12]@LukeBryanOnline [13]: On the bus listening to Whitney. Very heartbreaking to lose someone that defined my generation. Voice of an angel. A very sad day.

Jason Aldean [14]@Jason_Aldean: [15] Very sad to hear about the death of Whitney Houston…. What an amazing talent she was.

The Band Perry [16]@thebandperry: [17] RIP Whitney Houston. #heartache

Rosanne Cash@rosannecash: [18] God, I’m sad about Whitney Houston. That kind of voice is a major gift to humanity. I hate drug addiction with all my heart.

Reba McEntire [19]- @reba: [20] Rest in peace, Whitney.

Sara Evans [21]@saraevansmusic [22]: What a tragedy losing Whitney Houston. One of my all time idols. So very sad for her family. I will be praying for them. :(

Chris Young [23]@ChrisYoungMusic: [24] RIP Whitney Houston. Truly one of the best vocalists of all time/all genres. #sadday

Billy Ray Cyrus [25]@billyraycyrus: [26] R. I. P. Whitney Houston. I will always love you and your music and talents will live on forever.

Terri Clark [27]@TerriClarkMusic: [28]Just heard the news about Whitney Houston. Such a sad thing and a sad day. Thoughts and prayers going out to her entire family.

Lady Antebellum [29]@ladyantebellum [30]: 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

Jo Dee Messina [31]@jodeemessina [32]: Whitney Houston. So sad. The world will miss that beautiful voice. We will always love you. Deepest sympathy to her family.

Storme Warren [33]@stormewarren [34]: Whitney……… Im speechless.

Brett Eldredge [35]@BrettEldredge: [36] Weird thinking Whitney Houston just passed away down the street from where I’ve been all day….one of the best voices, rest in peace! #fb

Scotty McCreery [37]@ScottyMcCreery: [38] R.I.P. Whitney Houston

Lauren Alaina [39]@Lauren_Alaina [40]: I think I speak for so many people when I say Whitney Houston, #iwillalwaysloveyou [41]. I’m sending out prayers to the Houston family. God bless

Laura Bell Bundy [42]@LauraBellBundy: [43] Noooo!!! Please tell me it’s not true?! Whitney we will alway love you!#rip [44]

The cause of Whitney Houston’s death is not yet known. She leaves behind an 18-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

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[1] Dolly Parton: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_dolly_parton

[2] website: http://www.dollyparton.com

[3] Kevin Costner: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_artists_a-z/article/0,,GAC_26071_5939184,00.html

[4] LeAnn Rimes: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_leann_rimes

[5] tweeting : http://www.twitter.com/leannrimes

[6] Martina McBride : http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_martina_mcbride

[7] @martinamcbride:: http://www.twitter.com/martinamcbride

[8] Jewel : http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_jewel

[9] @jeweljk:: http://www.twitter.com/jeweljk

[10] Sugarland: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_sugarland

[11] @Sugarlandmusic: http://www.twitter.com/sugarlandmusic

[12] Luke Bryan: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_luke_bryan

[13] @LukeBryanOnline: http://www.twitter.com/lukebryanonline

[14] Jason Aldean: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_jason_aldean

[15] @Jason_Aldean:: http://www.twitter.com/jason_aldean

[16] The Band Perry: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_the_band_perry

[17] @thebandperry:: http://www.twitter.com/thebandperry

[18] @rosannecash:: http://www.twitter.com/roseanncash

[19] Reba McEntire: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_reba_mcentire

[20] @reba:: http://www.twitter.com/reba

[21] Sara Evans: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_sara_evans

[22] @saraevansmusic: http://www.twitter.com/saraevansmusic

[23] Chris Young: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_chris_young

[24] @ChrisYoungMusic:: http://www.twitter.com/chrisyoungmusic

[25] Billy Ray Cyrus: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_billy_ray_cyrus

[26] @billyraycyrus:: http://www.twitter.com/billyraycyrus

[27] Terri Clark: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_terri_clark

[28] @TerriClarkMusic: : http://www.twitter.com/terriclarkmusic

[29] Lady Antebellum: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_lady_antebellum

[30] @ladyantebellum: http://www.twitter.com/ladyantebellum

[31] Jo Dee Messina: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_jo_dee_messina

[32] @jodeemessina: http://www.twitter.com/jodeemessina

[33] Storme Warren: http://www.gactv.com/gac/about_us/article/0,,GAC_26085_4727748,00.html

[34] @stormewarren: http://www.twitter.com/stormewarren

[35] Brett Eldredge: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_brett_eldredge

[36] @BrettEldredge:: http://www.twitter.com/bretteldredge

[37] Scotty McCreery: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_scotty_mccreery

[38] @ScottyMcCreery:: http://www.twitter.com/scottymccreery

[39] Lauren Alaina: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_lauren_alaina

[40] @Lauren_Alaina: http://www.twitter.com/lauren_alaina

[41] #iwillalwaysloveyou: https://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23iwillalwaysloveyou

[42] Laura Bell Bundy: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_laura_bell_bundy

[43] @LauraBellBundy:: http://www.twitter.com/laurabellbundy

[44] #rip: https://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23rip

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