Cissy Huston, otherwise known as Emily Drinkard, was born on 30 September 1933 in Newark, New Jersey. Her singing career began in the family gospel group, The Drinkard Singers which also featured her nieces Dee Dee and Dionne Warwick and Judy Clay and Doris Troy. They also became backing singers for many artists, including Solomon Burke and Wilson Pickett.
When Dionne began a solo career, Cissy, married name Houston, continued and became very well respected as a backup and support singer.
1967 to 1970 she was the lead vocalist with the Sweet Inspirations, on Atlantic Records.
In the seventies she released I’ll Be There, Be My Baby (1971), Think It Over (1978)
In the eighties she returned to church gospel singing with the New Hope Baptist Church Choir of Newark, New Jersey. In 1992 she released a CD with Chuck Jackson.
Cissy Houston’s daughter is Whitney Houston.
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