It what would prove to be a mere coincidence, the Valentine’s Day episode of FOX’S hit show GLEE features singer/actress Amber Riley (who plays Mercedes Jones) singing the Whitney Houston song, “I Will Always Love You.” This episode aired on the heels of the tragic death of the music icon this past weekend in Beverly Hills.
We happened to speak to Amber Tuesday night via Twitter, where she had this to say about recording the song and being influenced by Whitney Houston.
“I Will Always Love You” was a song I didn’t even want to touch. They ['GLEE' Producers] have been asking me to sing it since Season One. It was vocally challenging of course but that song is just sacred to me. Whitney Houston was one of music’s angels. I admired, loved, and looked up to her. Her music made me feel like I knew her, like we were close. There will never be another Whitney and no one will ever take her place.
Check out the episode clip below..
AMBER RILEY SINGS “I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU” ON GLEE