Aretha to sing Whitney farewell

2012-02-17 12:53

Newark – Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder will sing at the private funeral tomorrow of Whitney Houston in what promises to be a very musical service.

Publicist Kristen Foster also confirms that invitations went out to Houston’s ex-husband, Bobby Brown; her co-star in The Bodyguard, Kevin Costner; and Oprah Winfrey.

Houston’s long-time musical mentor, Clive Davis, will speak at the funeral. The eulogy will be given by gospel singer and long-time family friend Marvin Winans.

Organisers were getting the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, ready yesterday for the musical part of the service, setting up speakers and drums in the aisles.

Fans without invitations will be kept far away.

Newark police say streets will be shut down for six square blocks around the church.

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