Cissy Houston Net Worth

Cissy Houston Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Emily "Cissy" Houston net worth is
$8 Million

Emily "Cissy" Houston Wiki Biography

Emily “Cissy” Houston was born as Emily Drinkard on 30 September 1933, in Newark, New Jersey USA, of Afro-and Native-American and Dutch (father) descent. She is well known as a singer in soul and gospel genres, both a solo and backing vocalist, and is also recognised as the mother of Whitney Houston, who regretfully didn’t follow her mother’s philosophy of life..

How rich is singer Cissy Houston, who has been a backing vocalist voice for legendary names such as American musician and actor Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson and Wishbone? Cissy’s net worth is estimated by sources to be more than $8 million, accumulated during a professional career in the music industry spanning an incredible 60 years.

Cissy Houston Net Worth $8 Million

Cissy Houston is a a solo singer, at present valued as one of the best performers in disco, gospel and soul genres. Since starting her career in 1938, she  has captured a lot of fans‘ hearts, and has been rewarded with two Grammy Awards. Cissy started her career  with her sister and brothers who were singing in the gospel band Drinkard Four. They appeared at New Hope Baptist Church, and released an album for RCA with the title “A Joyful Noise“. Later Cissy formed the band Sweet Inspirations together with Doris Troy and Dee Dee Warwick. The group worked with plenty of artists, such as Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, The Drifters, Lou Rawls, Dusty Springfield among others.

Cissy Houston’s net worth was also increased with her solo career which began in 1969 as she signed a contract with Commonwealth United Records. Her first album “Presenting Cissy Houston”, incorporating singles “I’ll Be There” and “Be My Baby” was very profitable for the singer. Cissy Houston later worked with Janus Records and Private Stock Records. In 1979 Cissy Houston was the USA representative at the annual World Popular Song Festival. The song “You’re the Fire” won her second place in the “Most Outstanding Performance Award”.

In 1996 and 1998 Houston won her two Grammy Awards for albums “Face to Face“ and “He Leadeth Me“. Houston has also contributed to her net worth as the leader of Youth Inspirational Choir, which contains 200 members and appears at the New Hope Baptist Church. The singer appeared at different clubs in NYC, such as Mikell’s, Seventh Avenue South and others. Cissy Houston appears in the annual gospel music festival McDonald’s Gospelfest. Overall, Cissy has released 10 solo albums, four compilation and four collaboration albums, but has been featured on countless albums with many of the top soul, gospel, R & B and other genre singers over the years.

In her personal life, Cissy Houston has married twice – to Freddie Garland (1955-59) with whom she has a son, and to John Russell Houston (1959-90) with whom she has a son, and daughter Whitney Houston, a famous singer as well who died in 2012. The successful woman has nieces Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick and cousin Leontyne Price who all are worthy of praise as musicians.

To sum up, Cissy Houston has tried herself in different genres of music such as disco, soul, gospel, and R & B and she was successful in each of them. She has delighted music fans of several generations and many of them would pay a lot today to see the performance of the famous singer.

Full NameCissy Houston
Net Worth$8 Million
Date Of BirthSeptember 30, 1933
Place Of BirthNewark, New Jersey, United States
ProfessionSoul and gospel singer
EducationMount Saint Dominic Academy
SpouseJohn Russell Houston (m. 1959–1990), Freddie Garland (m. 1955–1956)
ChildrenWhitney Houston, Gary Garland, Michael Houston
ParentsNitcholas Drinkard, Delia Mae Drinkard
SiblingsMarie Houston, Nicky Houston, Hansom Houston, Larry Houston, William Houston, Lee Houston, Anne Houston
NicknamesSissie Houston , Emily Drinkard , Houston, Cissy
AwardsEntertainment award (BET Honors, 2010), Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award (1995), Grammy Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album (1999, 1997)
Record LabelsRCA, Commonwealth United, Private Stock, Motown, Janus, Major Minor, Columbia, A&M, Delta Music, Harlem
Albums“A Joyful Noise” (1958), “Angels: Cissy Houston” (1976), “Walk on By Faith” (2012), “Step Aside for a Lady” (1980), “Face to Face” (1996), “He Leadeth Me” (1997)
Music GroupsYouth Inspirational Choir
MoviesTaking My Turn (TV, 1984), The Vernon Johns Story (TV, 1994), The Wiz (1978), The Preacher's Wife (1996), The Road to Freedom: The Vernon Johns Story (1994)
TV ShowsChess (Broadway show), The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1970), Ebony/Jet Showcase (1986), The Late Show with David Letterman (2014), This Time (2008),
1Minister of music at New Hope Baptist Church on Sussex Avenue in Newark, New Jersey. [December 2010]
2Mother-in-law of Patricia Houston.
3Grandmother of Bobbi Kristina Brown and Rayah Houston.
4Godmother to her daughter Whitney Houston is Aretha Franklin.
5Was one time a background singer for Elvis Presley.
6Ex-mother-in-law of Bobby Brown.
7Grand-aunt of David Elliott and Damon Elliott.
8Aunt of Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick.
9Member of the gospel group "The Drinkard Singers". Formed the The Gospelaires, with Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick. Lead singer of The Sweet Inspirations from 1967-1970. Veteran session singer.
10Mother of Whitney Houston and Gary Houston.


Dreams of a Life2011Documentary performer: "Midnight Train To Georgia"
Daddy's Little Girls2007performer: "Family First"
Late Show with David Letterman1998TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Preacher's Wife1996performer: "The Lord Is My Shepherd"
A Time to Kill1996"Take My Hand Precious Lord"
Hoodlums1980performer: "Stand Up", "Bluer Than Blue"


The Preacher's Wife1996Mrs. Havergal
The Vernon Johns Story1994TV MovieRose
Taking My Turn1984TV MovieHelen
The Wiz1978The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice, uncredited)

Music Department

Angels1976arranger: vocals / performer: vocals


Whitney Houston: This is My Life1992TV Movie producer


Bang! The Bert Berns Story2016DocumentaryHerself
Killing Me Softly: The Roberta Flack Story2014TV MovieHerself
Daybreak2013TV SeriesHerself
Oprah's Next Chapter2013TV SeriesHerself
Twenty Feet from Stardom2013DocumentaryHerself
Whitney Houston & Her Family: Voices of Love2012DocumentaryHerself
The Houstons: On Our Own2012TV Series documentaryHerself
BET Awards 20122012TV SpecialHerself
This Time2008DocumentaryHerself
Intimate Portrait2004TV Series documentaryHerself
Late Show with David Letterman1998TV SeriesHerself
Classic Whitney1997TV MovieHerself
26th NAACP Image Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
Vicki!1993TV SeriesHerself
Whitney Houston: This is My Life1992TV MovieHerself
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation1988TV Special documentaryHerself
Cissy Houston: Sweet Inspiration1988DocumentaryHerself
The 15th Annual American Music Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Performer
The Grammy Lifetime Achievment Award Show1987TV MovieHerself
Superstars and Their Moms1987TV MovieHerself
The 1st Annual Soul Train Music Awards1987TV SpecialHerself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1986TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with David Letterman1985TV SeriesHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1983TV SpecialHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1970TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself
Dateline NBC2012TV Series documentaryHerself

Known for movies

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