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February 6th, 2013

Dutchess County teens pay tribute to Houston

Local students perform a “Greatest Love of All Poem” at a tribute to the late Whitney Houston at the Berklee College of Music Performance Center on January 23, 2013.

BOSTON, MA - Ninth-grader DeVon Wilson of Arlington High School, ninth-grader Shakeya Jones of Roy C. Ketcham High School, sixth-grader Irrae Whittied, eleventh-grader Clayton Porter and seventh-grader Vyzyon Wilson of Poughkeepsie Middle School performed a "Greatest Love of All Poem" in tribute to the legendary Whitney Houston on January 23, 2013 at the Berklee College of Music Performance Center. The event kicked off a series of concerts to raise money for the Whitney Houston Scholarship Fund.

Over 1,200 people attended the event and more than 10,000 watched online. In addition to the students, celebrities, friends, Berklee’s faculty and students also took the stage with songs and testimonials of their own relationship and memories of Houston.

Tony Award winner/Grammy nominee Melba Moore performed along with Houston’s nephew Gary Michael "E.D.O.T." Houston, singer Jordan Bratton, American Idol finalist JCisco and Berklee students, among others. Actress Janet Hubert, best known as Vivian Banks on the sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and singer Issa Pointer of the Pointer Sisters spoke.

Organizers were keyboardist, pianist arranger and friend of Houston, Professor Jetro da Silva and former label executive and Berklee Alumni President of the Atlanta Chapter Michael Trammel.

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