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Whitney Houston's death: Local singer pays homage

February 11, 2012 |  8:32 pm




Jean McClain, a Los Angeles singer who sang vocals on an early '90s song with Whitney Houston, said she immediately headed over to the Beverly Hilton to pay homage to the late singer.

Standing on the sidewalk on Wilshire Boulevard in front of the hotel, the singer, who's stage name is Pepper Mashay, told reporters that she knew Houston only in passing, but that she was sad to hear the news. At one point, during the interview, she began singing Houston's song, "I Belong to You."

Mashay later said that she recorded backup vocals on Houston's 1999 song, "My Love is Your Love."

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At a listening party, she said Houston came over to her and said, "...You sang the hell out of that song."

A small group of mourners had already gathered outside the hotel with candles to pay their respects. But they were outnumbered by media crews.


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Photo: Security at the Beverly Hilton loading dock. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press