The legendary Whitney Houston will be laid to rest on this Saturday at her childhood church in Newark, NJ. According to sources, the private service is expected to be a “star-studded” event. With guests like Tyler Perry, Bill Cosby, Clive Davis, Marvin Winans, CeCe Winans, Beyonce, Jay-Z & Oprah already confirmed, new details have emerged on who’s going to sing at the service.
Prior it was announced that Aretha Franking (Whitney’s Godmother) will sing as well as Steve Wonder. However, according to sources connected with the funeral plans Alica Keys, R Kelly & gospel great Donnie McClurkin will also sing in Whitney’s honor.
Music legends Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin — Houston’s godmother — are scheduled to sing in at the star-studded service that begins at noon. So are Alicia Keys, R. Kelly and gospel singer Donnie McClurkin, said A. Curtis Farrow of the Newark-based Irving Street Rep company, which is helping the Houston family organize the service.
Interviews with church leaders, friends of the family and others suggest the funeral will be a mixture of a Parade of Stars and religious music revelry.
“It’s going to be a ceremony that reflects her life,” New Hope church Pastor Joe A. Carter said yesterday as sound equipment was loaded through church doors.
Houston’s cousin, Dionne Warwick, is scheduled to speak at the service, as are filmmaker Tyler Perry, Houston’s music-industry mentor Clive Davis and Houston’s sister-in-law and manager, Patricia Houston, Farrow said.
The church’s New Hope Mass Choir, along with the New Jersey Mass Choir, will perform the processional and the opening, Farrow said. Choir members will back McClurkin and, possibly, some other artists, and Rickey Minor will lead a house band.
The song list and who will be in the backing cast for each artist has not yet been worked out.
Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio said officers will provide motorcycle escorts to many of the celebrities expected to arrive in Newark. [source]
Man this is going to be a sight to see! The celebration of our Queen, Whitney Houston!