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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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  • A Song for You
  • 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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PHENOMENAL!

This story is jaw dropping! After all of the documentaries and movies made on the life of Whitney Houston, you think you heard it all, but this book gives even deeper insight! This is such a profound book. The storytelling is phenomenal! 5 STARS!

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Truth

First book that actually speaks the truth. Thank you Robyn for sharing your life with the beautiful Whitney.

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Exceptional Read

OMG this book is so much better than all the movies that have been released. I have listened to Whitney since the 80's and consider myself a super fan. This book is awesome. I'm glad that Robin is the narrator. It makes the book feel more alive.

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Dignity&Grace!

This story is so beautiful and honors the memory of Whitney Houston. I listened throughout the course of 2 days and loved how like the great storytellers, you get to know and trust Robyn’s voice like that of a friend or family member.

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Excellent and touching book !

I enjoyed this book very much. I think the author did a superb job of sharing with the listener the life she shared with Whitney, without it becoming a “tacky” tell all.

Additionally, I think Ms. Crawford did an excellent job of narrating the book. She has a calming voice, without it being monotone.

An all-around good book that is narrated very well.

I am glad I purchased and listened to this book!

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Excellent listen!

I absolutely love this book. I have already begun recommending it to friends. It's good when the author reads the book. Her voice is great and her ability to draw the listener is is even better. I felt like I was right there with Robyn as she was speaking. If you're still on the fence, get off and buy it. You won't regret it!

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Respectful and Honest.

Any book that offers an insider's view of a celebrity's life can ride the fence between salacious and propaganda. This book is not just a tell-all, but a love letter to Ms Whitney Houston. Ms Crawford is respectful and caring in the way she describes her two decade long relationship with Whitney Houston, from the beginning to the tragic end of her life. Questions finally answered with tact, class and reverence. I began listening to Ms Houston's music again, inspired by this book. We should all take a moment to appreciate the body of work and legacy of Whitney Houston and the people, like Ms Crawford, who help propel her to stardom. Thank you.

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Really Great Listen

I love when authors read their personal stories. Robyn makes you feel like a witness in the room, as if you were there too watching it all unfold and the years roll by. It was very touching, very real and sweet. Thank you for sharing your experience with her with us because I know that you didn't have to do that.

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Great perspective, so-so performance

I read/listen to a lot of memoirs so I just enjoy hearing behind-the-scenes types of stories and this book was no different. Of course I know about Whitney Houston, but hearing a true insider tell about her life and the people in her circle was even more eye-opening. Robyn tells her stories fairly and I applaud her for not sparing the feelings of those who had done Whitney wrong. My only real complaint is that the performance wasn’t spectacular. Her mispronunciations and choppy reading started to annoy me, but it did not stop me from listening.

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So far, So Good.

I'm all in! You can here the honesty, sincerity, and love in Robyn's voice. I did listen at 1.5x speed. However, it was not hard to listen at regular speed. I think I am so interested in the story that I want to hurry the book up. (LOL)

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • 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.

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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.