Cissy Houston
Cissy Houston
Celebrated Name: Cissy Houston
Real Name/Full Name: Emily Drinkard Houston
Gender: Female
Age: 90 years old
Birth Date: 30th September 1933
Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey
Nationality: American
Height: 1.7 m
Weight: 65 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Divorced
Husband/Spouse (Name): Freddie Garland (m. 1955; div. 1957) John Houston Jr. (m. 1959; div. 1990)
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): Yes (Gary Garland, Whitney and Michael Houston)
Dating/Boyfriend (Name): N/A
Is Cissy Houston Lesbian? No
Profession: Musician
Salary: N/A
Net Worth in 2024: $10 million
Last Updated: June 2024

Emily Drinkard, popularly known by her professional name, Cissy Houston, is a well-known American singer. She has been a soul and gospel musician over the years that she has been in her career. She started her career back in 1938 by joining her elder siblings’ band and is still active. Most of her family members were singers and thus encouraged who, in turn, has encouraged others, including some of her children.

Maybe you know about Cissy Houston very well, but do you know how old and tall is she and what is her net worth in 2024? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Cissy Houston’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

Emily Drinkard was born on 30th September 1933 in Newark, New Jersey. She was the daughter of Nicholas and Delia Mae Drinkard, being the last and eighth child to her parents. She had four older brothers, William, Hansom, Nicky, and Larry, and three older sisters, Lee, Marie, and Larry, all of who are deceased except her. Her mother died when she was five years after suffering from stroke, and later, her father died when she was 18 from stomach cancer. She was brought up by her elder sister.

Cissy and her siblings were brought up in church, and their parents encouraged them to sing, and at the age of fourteen, she got born again. She attended South Side High School.

Personal Life

Houston has been involved in two marriages in her life. She first met and married her first husband, Freddie Garland, in 1955. Together they had a son, Gary Garland, but their marriage did not last as they divorced in 1957. She married her second husband, John Russell Houston, in 1959 and had a son, Michael Houston, and a daughter, Whitney Houston, who was a popular singer although she later passed away in 2012. Her son Michael was a songwriter. She divorced her second husband in 1990. She is a blessed woman as she has a total of six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 30th September 1933, Cissy Houston is 90 years old as of today’s date 23rd June 2024. Her height is 1.7 m tall, and her weight is 65 kg.


Houston began singing when she was five years. She joined her elder siblings, Anne, Larry, and Nicky, in their singing group called Drinkard Four and used to perform at their New Hope Baptist Church. Later Lee and Marie joined the group and renamed it to The Drinkard singers who later recorded A Joyful Noise album.

Houston later formed another group, Sweet Inspirations with Doris Troy and Dee Dee Warwick, in 1963 and used to provide backup vocals for artists like,’ Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and her niece Dionne Warwick among others. Her final performance with Sweet Inspirations was backup vocals for Elvis Presley, after which she decided to become a recording artist and allow her time to look after her children.

She had several singles before forming Sweet Inspirations and recorded them in 1967. Commonwealth United Records signed a contract with her in 1969 and recorded her album, Presenting Cissy Houston through it, which consisted singles like, ‘’I’ll be there’’ and ‘’Be My Baby’’.

She then moved to Janus Records in 1970 and recorded several albums and singles, and later in 1977, she signed with Private Stock Records. With this, she released her disco hit, ‘’Think it Over,’’ and later in 1980 released another disco album, ‘’Step Aside for a Lady’’ but this time through Columbia Records.

Awards & Achievements

Cissy Houston has received a number of awards from her career. During the World Popular Song Festival in 1979, she received ‘’Most Outstanding Performance Award’’ from her song, ‘’You’re the Fire’’. She has also won two Grammy awards, one in 1996 from her album, Face to Face, where it was the Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album and another one in 1998 from her album ‘’He Leadeth Me.’’

Net Worth & Salary of Cissy Houston in 2024

Cissy Houston Net Worth
Cissy Houston Net Worth

Cissy Houston has become successful over the years that she has been active in her career. She has been able to earn a net worth of $10 million as of June 2024. She has very many songs that she has recorded over the years and has also been a backup singer, which has been the main source of her income. Apart from her singing career, she has been an actress and has appeared in a number of films and televisions, which has also been another source of her income.

Cissy Houston has been a great inspiration not only to her family and children but also to other youths and especially those from her New Hope Baptist Church for over fifty years now. Although she is now old, she still has the heart of singing, and in 2014, when she 80 years, she still performed as a backup singer. She is one of the music legends who will continue to be celebrated for their good work in the music industry.


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