“I’m Every Woman” is a song originally written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, and it was first recorded by Chaka Khan in 1978. Whitney Houston’s rendition of “I’m Every Woman” was recorded for the soundtrack of the movie “The Bodyguard,” in which Whitney Houston starred alongside Kevin Costner. The single was released on January 2, 1993 with “Who Do You Love” on the B-side. Upon its release, Whitney Houston’s version of “I’m Every Woman” received critical acclaim and commercial success. It reached the top 5 on various music charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 and the Official UK Singles Chart.
“I’m Every Woman” became one of Whitney Houston’s signature songs, showcasing her impressive vocal range and her ability to deliver powerful performances. The song’s lyrics celebrate the strength and resilience of women, with Whitney’s soulful and emotive delivery adding depth to the message.
The accompanying music video for “I’m Every Woman” was directed by Randee St. Nicholas, and features a very pregnant Houston performing the song, while scenes from The Bodyguard are intercut into the clip. The video also features cameo appearances by Houston’s mother Cissy Houston as well as by Chaka Khan, Valerie Simpson, Martha Wash and labelmate TLC. The song won Houston a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Music Video, and received a Grammy Award nomination in 1994 for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
“I’m Every Woman” further solidified Whitney Houston’s status as one of the greatest female vocalists of all time. Her version of the song is a testament to her vocal prowess and her ability to connect with audiences through her music. Whitney Houston’s career was marked by numerous hit singles, successful albums, and iconic performances. Her voice and artistry have left an indelible mark on the music industry, and she remains one of the best-selling artists in history. “I’m Every Woman” is an anthem that continues to resonate with audiences worldwide, serving as a reminder of the strength, resilience, and universality of women. Whitney Houston’s rendition of the song remains a timeless tribute to the power and beauty of her voice and her enduring legacy as an extraordinary artist.