"She's sounding great," Garrett said of Houston. "I met with Clive yesterday in New York. She's gonna hear the records that I did for her this week, and we'll be getting in the studio cutting them. The records that she has are great. She's sounding great. She's definitely gonna be back."
A Houston track leaked onto the Web a few months ago. The midtempo song, called "Like I Never Left," was produced by Akon. There's no word whether the track will appear on her album, which is currently untitled and tentatively set for release this year.
In late 2007, Akon talked to us about working with Houston. He said the singer has a range of emotions she would be diving into on her project. "Her voice is strong enough to deliver any message she wants to sing to the world," he explained. "It's outta here."
Ne-Yo also said he would be working with Houston, as did John Legend, who said the process would be memorable regardless if the songs make the final project.
Garrett echoed Legend's sentiments. The songwriter, who has worked with Ciara and Usher, called the chance to work with Houston "the highlight of my career." He said the songs that he's heard so far, including numbers by
"Everybody is excited to be working on her album," Garrett said. "The camaraderie is great."
Houston is looking to move music to the forefront of her life again. In March 2005, the singer checked herself into rehab for a second time to deal with an unspecified abuse. Her ex-husband, singer Bobby Brown, whom she divorced in April 2007, claimed in his biography that his ex-wife introduced him to drug use.