Cissy Houston Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Anusuya Mukherjee
Jan 30, 2024 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on Aug 28, 2022
Prior to performing solo, Cissy Houston worked as a backup singer for several artists
Age: 1-99
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About Cissy Houston

Cissy Houston was born on September 30, 1933, in Newark, New Jersey, USA, as the eighth and youngest child of her family.

The gospel singer initially gained fame as the backup singer for artists like Roy Hamilton, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, and Dionne Warwick. Following her success as a backup singer, Cissy Houston went on to perform solo and released a number of albums such as 'Step Aside For A Lady' in 1980, 'Think It Over' in 1978, and many more.

Cissy Houston developed an interest in music from a very young age primarily from her family members as many of her family members were singers and thus she too was encouraged to explore a similar path. Cissy Houston is also recognized as the mother of the late singer, Whitney Houston. The gospel singer began singing at the age of five as she was part of the group named 'Drinkard Four' which comprised her siblings, Nicky, Anne, and Larry. The Newark-born artist was also part of the 2018 documentary titled 'Whitney' talking about the life and career of her daughter, Whitney Houston.

Scroll down to read more about the life and net worth of this two-time Grammy award-winning artist.

Cissy Houston Net Worth, Earnings, And Spending Habits

What is Cissy Houston’s net worth?

Cissy Houston is believed to have a net worth of around $7 million.

How much does Cissy Houston earn per year?

The annual income of Cissy Houston is unknown but the gospel singer is believed to have amassed this net worth performing as a singer, recording albums, and other business ventures.

Height, Age, And Physical Attributes

How tall is Cissy Houston?

Cissy Houston stands tall at 5 ft 7 in (170 cm).

How old is Cissy Houston?

Cissy Houston was born on September 30, 1933. The gospel singer turns 89 this September 2022.

Childhood And Education

Cissy Houston was born in the Drinkard family in Newark, New Jersey. At the time of her birth, she was recognized as Emily Drinkard; she was born to Delia Mae Drinkard and Nicholas Drinkard as their final child. Cissy Houston grew up living with three elder sisters and four elder brothers. Her siblings included Larry, Hansom, William, Nicky, Anne, Lee, and Marie. Sadly, all of her siblings have passed away over the years and Cissy Houston is the only one alive at the age of 88. The Houstons believed in getting educated and staying involved with the church. Cissy Houston was a student at the 'South Side High School' and claims to have 'found Christ' when she was 14. Cissy Houston lived with her elder sister, Lee, and her husband following the death of her parents when she was 18.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Cissy Houston’s partner?

Cissy Houston was married to Freddie Garland from 1955 - 1957 during which the couple had a son named, Gary Garland, the renowned NBA player. Cissy Houston later met John Russell Houston Jr. in 1957 and married him in 1964. The couple gave birth to two children, the renowned singer, Whitney Houston and their son, Michael Houston. Sadly, Cissy Houston and John Houston Jr. parted ways in 1991 following a divorce.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Cissy Houston kicked off her music career with her siblings as she became a part of 'The Drinkard Singers', with her siblings, Nicky, Anne, Larry, Lee, and Marie. Later in 1963, Cissy Houston formed the 'Sweet Inspirations' along with Dee Dee Warwick and Doris Troy. The group provided backup vocals to various artists but Cissy Houston parted ways with the group eventually to go solo and look after her children. In 1969, Cissy Houston was signed by Commonwealth United Records and released the album, 'Presenting Cissy Houston' which contained songs like 'Be My Baby' and 'I'll be There'. Throughout her life, Cissy Houston worked with several labels including the likes of Columbia, Motown, Private Stock, Delta Music, RCA, Major Minor, and many more. Some of her popular albums as a solo artist were 'Face to Face', 'I'll Take Care Of You', 'Walk On By Faith', 'He Leadeth Me', 'Warning - Danger', 'Love Is Holding You', and many others. During her music career, Cissy Houston collaborated with artists such as Chuck Jackson, Herbie Mann, and Burt Bacharach for albums like 'Discothèque', 'I'll Take Care of You', among others. Sadly, Cissy Houston is believed to be currently suffering from dementia.

What awards has Cissy Houston won?

In her career, Cissy Houston won two grammy awards alongside a number of other accolades. She won her first Grammy award in 1996 for 'Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album' for her album 'Face to Face'. A couple of years later, Cissy Houston won her second Grammy award for the album 'He Leadeth Me'. Moreover, Houston is also the recipient of the 'Most Outstanding Performance Award' at the 1979 World Popular Song Festival for her song 'You’re The Fire'.

Other Interesting Cissy Houston Facts And Trivia

  • Cissy Houston's son, Michael Houston is a well-known songwriter and road manager.
  • In 1987, Houston and her daughter, Whitney Houston, famously recorded the duet, 'I Know Him So Well', a cover of the original piece sung by Elaine Page and Barbara Dickinson in the Broadway show, 'Chess'.
  • Cissy Houston has starred on television on several occasions. She was a part of 'Oprah's Last Chapter' and 'The Houstons: On Our Own' in 2013.
  • The gospel singer has appeared on several award shows during her lifetime including the 2001 BET Awards, The 1st Annual Soul Train Music Awards in 1987, BET Awards in 2012, The 15th Annual American Music Awards in 1988, and a few others.
  • Houston has also been part of a few films namely 'The Preacher's Wife' in 1996 and 'God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness' in 2018.

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Cissy Houston Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Emily Drinkard

Date of Birth




Place of Birth




170 cm




South Side High School

Net Worth



Delia Mae Drinkard, Nicholas Drinkard


Lee Warwick, Cissy Houston, Marie Epps, Nicky Houston, Ann Moss, Hansom Houston, Larry Houston, William Houston
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Written by Anusuya Mukherjee

Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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Anusuya MukherjeeBachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

With a wealth of international experience spanning Europe, Africa, North America, and the Middle East, Anusuya brings a unique perspective to her work as a Content Assistant and Content Updating Coordinator. She holds a law degree from India and has practiced law in India and Kuwait. Anusuya is a fan of rap music and enjoys a good cup of coffee in her free time. Currently, she is working on her novel, "Mr. Ivory Merchant".

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