• A Song for You

  • My Life with Whitney Houston
  • By: Robyn Crawford
  • Narrated by: Robyn Crawford
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (2,705 ratings)

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Interview: Robyn Crawford On Friendship And Love With Whitney Houston

People have their own feelings and thoughts... I just hope that they read [my book] with an open mind.
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The New York Times best seller!

After decades of silence, Robyn Crawford, close friend, collaborator, and confidante of Whitney Houston, shares her story.

Whitney Houston is as big a superstar as the music business has ever known. She exploded on the scene in 1985 with her debut album and spent the next two decades dominating the charts and capturing the hearts of fans around the world. One person was there by her side through it all - her best friend, Robyn Crawford.

Since Whitney’s death in 2012, Robyn has stayed out of the limelight and held the great joys, wild adventures, and hard truths of her life with Whitney close to her heart. Now, for the first time ever, Crawford opens up in her memoir, A Song for You.

With warmth, candor, and an impressive recall of detail, Robyn describes the two meeting as teenagers in the 1980s, and how their lives and friendship evolved as Whitney recorded her first album and Robyn pursued her promising Division I basketball career. Together during countless sold-out world tours, behind the scenes as hit after hit was recorded, through Whitney’s marriage and the birth of her daughter, the two navigated often challenging families, great loves, and painful losses, always supporting each other with laughter and friendship.

Deeply personal and heartfelt, A Song for You is the vital, honest, and previously untold story that provides an understanding of the complex life of Whitney Houston. Finally, the person who knew her best sets the record straight.

©2019 Robyn Crawford (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"As a narrator, Crawford is patient and deliberate, and almost completely without judgment.... She still has a glimmer of New Jersey in her voice, compressing Newark into 'Nawrk,' and her tone hovers between loving and knowing, with only flecks of exasperation." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Couldn’t listen to it anymore

I’m not quite sure what everyone else found exciting but I couldn’t bare to listen to this another day. The story has depth and it seems like every other thing she’s saying is drugs, Sissy and performance. Nothing new, and her reading is just dull and boring. Sorry I wanted to like it.

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Honest & Heartbreaking GREAT BOOK

I believe Ms. Robyn timed the release of her story appropriately. She would have been well within her rights to take her life story with Whitney Houston to her grave. I admire her strength and courage for being so candid. I believe her she loved and cared for Whitney Houston with all her heart. I wish I had a friend like that!

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Amazhinhhh

As a fan you hear the stories and read the headlines but,this book goes to confirmed everything as a Whitney Houston fan you hoped to be untrue! Thank you Robyn!! WOWWW!

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A spotlight on family values

At this point it does not matter how many versions of Houston's passing we hear because a few things remain consistent: drug use leads to negative roads, physical abuse is never okay, rest and refresh is always important no matter what career you have, and saying NO to even family, friends, or loved ones is a valued tool. I realized several flaws in judgement due to a sense of love that allowed several things to be overlooked or passed on a something minor. Most importantly, I learned to keep listening to my own instincts, keep positive influences around me at all times, stop caring about what other people think and find more ways to give back. I as well don't want roses at my funeral; make mine a concert of my playlists and favorites. Thank you for this book and all the strength it may have taken you to write this; do know that it is appreciated. If you are in Georgia; lets have some tea.

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COULD NOT STOP LISTENING

This was a long-awaited, riveting story on so many levels. I found Robyn Crawford endearing, sincere, and a soul gifted with a remarkable ability to love genuinely and deeply. BRAVO, Robyn for courageously sharing your story.

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  • RJ
  • 02-18-20

Thought Provoking and Sensitive

Whitney’s story is both painful and inspirational. Robin not only honored her friend but took great care of her beautifully tragic life. This books shows that even the most beautiful, most talented and those who “appear” to have God’s favor often suffer with addiction, depression, disconnectedness and loneliness. It was a page turner, I couldn’t wait to hear the next chapter. Bravo to Robin for telling their story in her own time, in her own way.

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Awesome friendship!

Robyn, of all the people that have written or spoken about Whitney, I believe your version most of all. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed this Audible.

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Mommy and Marley

i loved it. It's the story i believe. Love Lives Forever.. The story is beautiful . True friendship til the end. RIP..❤

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Disorganized

This book make me wanna cry because it so slow to get going. The narrator speaks in a monotone, flatline. There is no chronological order. The writer is all over the place you don’t know what happened when. It was just kind of blah blah no guts.

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Very Moving Book

Very beautifully told. Robyn is truly an inspiration. Her openness of her self and her love for “Nip” was beautiful . Her love for her family is amazing and her wife sounds like a wonderful woman. Many blessings and there are some lessons for all of us. Highly Recommend this book

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  • Gustav Bjarnason
  • 05-10-20

Heart touching and sincere, important and true.

As a big fan of Whitney Houston I watched the two available streaming documentaries about the life of the iconic singer. Liking both ”Can I be me” but prefering ”Whitney”, I was taken on an emotional journey while becoming more and more sucked in the world of Whit. I have been a fan since I bought a cassette of ”The Bodyguard Soundtrack” in the early nineties, but the sheer power of her voice had yet to blow me away to the extent of which it did when I consumed these two films twice, each one. The documentaries seemed to cover, and bring the closest thing to clarity, almost the entirety of Whitney’s life. The thing that made the strongest impression on me, besides the obvious force of the artist, was the woman in the background with the cool and serious eyes. The well dressed friend that seemed to walk beside Nippy each step of the way. And what the two documentaries lacked, I searched Audible for. And to my profound joy, I found that Robyn Crawford had written a book. And I have never listened to an audiobook with the same hunger to finish as with this one. Robyn took me even closer to the strong,soulful and beautiful voice that was Whitney’s. She made me understand how powerful their friendship was and how destructive and meaningless her addiction was. And as a child of two alcoholics I recognized the pattern all too well, Nippys addiction to various drugs reminding me of my mothers addiction to her drug, alcohol. They shared that same look in their eyes, my mother and Whitney, eyes saying that she would give it all up for another high. One very significant detail was missing from the documentaries and that was the fact that before Whitney accepted Robyns letter of resignation, Robyn had herself, in person, quit her job shortly after the failed recording with George Michael, which Robyn herself straightened out. The films also failed in letting Robyn speak to any meaningful extent on camera, which I found very strange as she seemed to have been one of the most important persons in Whitneys life. I would suggest this is one of the many reasons why Robyns book is so important.
Robyns and Whitneys early relationship came as a surprise to me and I was genuinly happy to understand that they were as close to each other as I heard Robyn speak of in her book. Often, having an open mind on how humans love and can love each other seems to be reserved for intelligent people. Equally moving and heart breaking as the story of the artist, is the authors own losses, to mental illness and terminal disease in her own family. I cried on many occasions during this listen.
I finally got to listen to Robyns own words, and her take, on what happened during the rise and fall of one of the greatest and most heart touching artists of all time. And as many a times at it has been said that Whitney was an angel, it has not been mentioned once that she had one beside her that whole time and the name of that angel was Robyn. And Robyn, I also picked fleas from my cats Stinky and Catzy once, in the same exact manner as you so meticulously describe Whitney did on Misty Blue! Love from Sweden.

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  • Bellaboo
  • 02-15-20

Blown away! A beautiful tribute to Whitney.

What a story Robyn's life tells!

Beautifully and delicately written. She paints a picture of Whitney that only someone who truly loved and lost her could. I'm sure 'Nippy' would have been proud.

Moving at times... You are taken on an emotional roller coaster with this book.

But an overall feeling of great sadness comes with Robyn's accounts. Shakespeare couldn't have written a greater tragedy than the life of Whitney and Bobbi Kristina.

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  • ricardito
  • 09-02-21

The truth finally out there

Really enjoyed listening this book. Definitely a book for a Whitney fan tired of the lies spewed. . Robyn spoke her truth and gave a really good insight into Whitney, and her life with Whitney. So many great stories, and so many things that could have been avoided.

So glad that Robyn has truly found love and peace. More power to her.

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  • Silvergin
  • 08-05-21

Enjoyable read.

Great book, it was enjoyable and I think respectable and honest in regards to her relationship with Whitney.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-21

Good read

I love this account of Whitney’s and robyns life together , it answered every question I ever had about Whitney , interesting and sad , thanks Robyn

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-29-21

Understood

I love Robyn. I just wish she didn’t always leave Whitney to leave her to lead conversation, and actually ask what the problem was. I just miss Whitney even more than I already did now. God bless her soul. Xx

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  • seana
  • 05-09-21

so much love

lived it! so much feeling, love and loss. beautifully written and narrated. a must read!

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  • JAC
  • 03-17-21

Honest, heartfelt storytelling.

I enjoyed listening to every chapter of this book. This is friendship, love & life.

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  • Andrew Maycock
  • 03-06-21

What a wonderful book

Absolutely brilliant book beautifully written and sensationally delivered what a great friend Robyn clearly was

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  • Marcella
  • 02-20-21

Emotional but so beautiful put together!!

This book was truly warming, heartfelt and needed from Robyn.

The story from start to finish took you from high to low with the much needed missing pieces of Whitney’s life. It’s so sad that drug addiction took over Whitney’s life the way it did and not have the true love from her friends and family that she so required.

I would have to say Cece Houston (Whitney’s mother) has a lot to answer for as it’s clear she didn’t get the help and support for Whitney that could have made all the difference, as for the sake of Robyn’s sanity she could only do so much after being pushed out by Cece, Bobby Brown and the family.

I believe Whitney truly loved Robyn but her faith and mothers views got in the way so it was an easier option to be with men, even to her own detriment as highlighted by her marriage to Bobby Brown.

Overall a beautiful recap of Whitney’s life with Robyn, would definitely recommend especially if your a Whitney fan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-20

Raw & honest

Whitney Houston was ultimately just a human being with an extraordinary gift. Subjected to the trappings of fame, addicted to drugs, victim of domestic violence, taken advantage by her family.
Robyn's account is raw and honest and you can at times hear the emotion in her voice as she witnessed the train wreck that was Whitney Houston first hand as it unfolded in front of her.
Most importantly this is Robyn's journey back to who she wanted to be and what she sacrificed to get back to herself. Well done Robyn.

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  • Milena
  • 03-19-20

A must read

For all fans of Whitney, this is a must read. Even after watching the documentary on Netflix, this was so revealing and I couldn't put it down. I'd actually enjoy driving in traffic while listening to this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-12-22

Moving and heartfelt

I enjoyed listening to Robyn’s story and I am glad she found the courage and strength to share her story with the world and set the record straight after all these years. I think this story can be appreciated by anyone (not just Whitney fans). Robyn shows us what it looks like to be someone who lives with integrity and dignity. She could have been bitter and angry about the way she was treated by Whitney and her entourage but what comes through in this story is love and care and a real sense of strength and dignity. Parts of this story are so sad and tragic (you can hear the emotion in Robyn’s voice) and as cliched as it sounds, this story clearly illustrates the negative impacts of drugs and excessive fame and how it can mess with your perception of reality and ruin your life completely. This story is a reminder that life is short, make the most of it while you can and treasure the people you love.

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  • A. R. Gilbert
  • 10-10-21

A Song well sung.

Moving and honest, sometimes hard to bear, but I thank and admire Robyn for making her story available ❤️

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  • Sam Koh
  • 03-12-21

Robin correcting media narratives of Whitney

Wow, what an incredible journey. I want to thank Robin for giving an insight to Whitney Houston's life that portrayed her as human. I really wish Whitney Houston was still alive and had the support she needed because the tabloids and media constant bashing of her on top of being abused by family members. Robin was always Whitney's friend as opposed to Whitney's family, Clive and Bobby who saw her as a cash cow and milked her however they could.