NASHVILLE, Tenn. – April 22, 2012 – Worthy Publishing announces it has signed gospel music legend BeBe Winans to author a memoir sharing details of his decades-long friendship with Whitney Houston to be titled The Whitney I Knew. Set to publish in July, the book captures Winans’ personal stories and anecdotes that reveal Houston’s warmth, generosity, and humor. The book will feature interactive elements directing the reader to video footage and links to Houston’s top performances. A photo section will be included.
“BeBe Winans is a music icon in his own right and a man of faith who wants to share the inspiring story of his friendship with Whitney,” said Byron Williamson, president of Worthy Publishing. “The book offers an honest depiction of Houston as a treasured friend, and as a wife, daughter, and artist without peer.”
Winans met Houston at a concert in Detroit 26 years ago and quickly developed a close bond. They considered each other to be family. Sharing his perspective about their friendship after Houston’s death, Winans said, “This is full circle for me because the first day we met. . . I told her this, I said ‘I don’t want to know your full name. I just want to know what church you come from because singing the way you sing, you come from somebody’s church.’” So began a friendship that bonded Winans to Houston for nearly three decades.
Delivering a moving eulogy at her nationally telecast funeral, BeBe Winans affirmed the truth about the Houston he knew for so long, relaying stories laced with humor and strength of spirit that characterized her life. “She gave us plenty of memories. In my heart and mind, I have so many great, great moments to share,” said Winans.
About Worthy Publishing: Worthy Publishing is a privately held Christian publisher based in Nashville, Tennessee. Focused on a limited list of books each season, Worthy publishes in a variety of categories including fiction, spiritual growth, current events, biblical study, biography, devotionals, and Bibles.