Whitney Houston (born on August 9, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey, death announced February 11, 2012) was a Grammy and Emmy Award winning American R&B/pop singer, actress, former fashion model, record and movie producer. She was known for her soulful coloratura soprano voice, vocal power, range and melismatic skill. Houston was one of pop music's highest selling artists. She was labeled the "Queen of Songs" by Arsenio Hall, who described her as "the first lady of song". She was also known to millions as "The Voice", a nickname given to her by Oprah Winfrey.