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Jazmine Sullivan Talks Whitney Houston Cover & Lifetime Biopic


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Jazmine Sullivan received major props for her cover of Whitney Houston‘s “I Have Nothing,” a live rendition that was released last week as part of Vibe’s V Sessions music series.  The singer tells ABC News Radio that she was a bit nervous preparing her version of the song, which originally appeared on 1993’s The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album.

“That was very emotional for me, because I had practiced a whole other song, so I had to learn that song in the studio like on the spot. So when I did it, I was scared because I was like, ‘Oh I don’t know it as well as I would love to know it,'” Jazmine recalls.  “Then I was emotional, because of Whitney’s passing and everything. So it was a lot of emotions going through my head, but I heard that people liked it.”

A relieved Jazmine jokingly adds, “I’m glad that I could do the song some justice, because you don’t play with Whitney songs now. You don’t do that.”

Sullivan’s soulful rendition arrived just in time for Lifetime’s upcoming Houston biopic, simply titled Whitney, which airs this weekend. When asked if she planned to tune in, Jazmine replied, “I want to, yeah definitely.” However, the singer hopes that Houston’s story will be retold with a theatrical release. “I’m happy that she’s getting [the Lifetime biopic] and I would love to see it on the big screen, because I feel like Whitney Houston, the voice, deserves the big screen.  She’s that big of an artist,” Sullivan says. 

The made-for-TV film, which focuses on Houston’s roller-coaster relationship with Bobby Brown, airs Saturday, January 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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