Whitney Houston passed away seven years ago, but new music from the legendary singer was released Friday... just in time for the bouncy song to kick off summer.
The track is a cover of Steve Winwood’s 1986 “Higher Love” remixed by Norwegian DJ Kygo featuring vocals Whitney recorded in 1991. Rolling Stone reports the unreleased version was meant for her third album “I’m Your Baby Tonight.”
Record exec Clive Davis, who discovered Houston, said of the late pop star’s rendition, “When [producer] Narada Michael Walden sent me ‘Higher Love’ with the Whitney vocal, we didn’t want her being a cover artist at that time. The only place it was released was as a bonus cut in Japan.”
Kygo tweeted on Thursday night with the song’s release, “‘Higher Love’ with Whitney Houston is out now! Hope you guys love this one as much as I do!”
He explained to Rolling Stone, “I was trying to make it sound like something that she would’ve done, but also something that’s my style.”
A Whitney hologram is reportedly in the works, so this song might be just the beginning of projects released by her estate, whose executor is sister-in-law Pat Houston.
What do you think of Whitney and Kygo’s cover?