Whitney Houston is one of those rare artists whose influence spans generations, race, and gender. Everyone respected and revered the Jersey girl known as “the voice” for her remarkable singing ability, and similarly millions across the globe mourned her death when she passed away February 11, 2012.

Though we could go on and on about why we miss the woman who brought us some of the best love ballads ever sang, not to mention the coolest videos, we thought it would be great to hear from other artists who’ve sought to live up to the standard she set and other entertainers who still remain in awe of her talent to this day. So, when gospel artist Kiki Sheard, soul singer Leela James, and actor Stephen Bishop came by our offices to talk about their work, we also asked them to share what impact Whitney’s life work had on them and how they still remember her to this day.

Check out the video as celebs pay homage to Whitney Houston up top.

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