‘Send Me an Angel,’ Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys sings at Whitney Houston's home going service at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, on 2012.

Alicia Keys sings at Whitney Houston’s home going service at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, on 2012.

Whitney Houston learned how to sing at Newark’s New Hope Baptist Church, where her mother, Cissy, was the longtime minister of music. And after she died in 2012, the church hosted her home going service. Her cousin Dionne Warwick hosted the invitation-only ceremony, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, R. Kelly and others sang, and Kevin Costner and Clive Davis were among those who spoke about her. Millions of people watched the ceremony live on television and on the internet.

Below is a video of one of the most deeply emotional moments of the event: Keys’ “Send Me an Angel” (originally titled “Prelude to a Kiss” on Keys’ 2007 As I Am album, but retitled on the 2010 Hope for Haiti Now compilation). At the end of the song, Keys, who was a friend of Houston, adds some words, singing:

“Whitney’s an angel … and, oh, we never gonna forget you .. . we never gonna forget what you’ve done for us … the way you loved us so good, and so strong, and you showed us how to get along … so glad you’re home … thank you for guiding me, and now we send you home, our angel.”

New Jersey celebrated its 350th birthday in 2014. And in the 350 Jersey Songs series, we marked the occasion by posting 350 songs — one a day, from September 2014 to September 2015 — that have something to do with the state, its musical history, or both. To see the entire list, click here.


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