Cissy Houston was born on September 30, 1933 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as
Emily Drinkard. She is an actress, known for A Time to Kill (1996), The
Preacher's Wife (1996) and God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (2018). She was
previously married to John Houston and Freddie Garland.
Mother of Whitney Houston and Gary Houston.
Member 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.
Aunt of Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick.
Grand-aunt of David Elliott and Damon Elliott.
Ex-mother-in-law of Bobby Brown.
Was one time a background singer for Elvis Presley.
Godmother to her daughter Whitney Houston is Aretha Franklin.
Grandmother of Bobbi Kristina Brown and Rayah Houston.
Mother-in-law of Patricia Houston.
Minister of music at New Hope Baptist Church on Sussex Avenue in Newark,
New Jersey. [December 2010]