A 30-second snippet of Houston’s “Never Give Up,” the only new song to appear on the late singer’s forthcoming posthumous greatest hits compilation, has surfaced online.
The track, which was reportedly recorded close to the end of her life and produced by Jermaine Dupri, is part of her upcoming greatest hits compilation, I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston. Along with a reworking of “I Look To You” featuring a duet R. Kelly, “Never Give Up” is the album’s only previously unheard material. I Will Always Love You will be available on November 13.
Perhaps Houston’s only child, daughter Bobbi Kristina, should take her mother’s advice in the song’s inspirational lyrics, “Never, never give up.” The premiere of the new series, “The Houstons: On Our Own,” which aired on Lifetime Wednesday night, shows the family struggling to move on following Whitney’s sudden death in February. In one telling scene, we see 19-year-old Bobbi Kristina slurring her speech after drinking too much wine. Pat Houston reveals that Whitney would allow her daughter a glass of champagne or wine on occasion, but worries that her underage drinking habit has spiraled out of control. “I don’t want to fail Krissy and I don’t want Krissy to fail herself,” Pat worries.