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The New York Times best seller!

After decades of silence, Robyn Crawford, close friend, collaborator, and confidante of Whitney Houston, shares her story.

Whitney Houston is as big a superstar as the music business has ever known. She exploded on the scene in 1985 with her debut album and spent the next two decades dominating the charts and capturing the hearts of fans around the world. One person was there by her side through it all - her best friend, Robyn Crawford.

Since Whitney’s death in 2012, Robyn has stayed out of the limelight and held the great joys, wild adventures, and hard truths of her life with Whitney close to her heart. Now, for the first time ever, Crawford opens up in her memoir, A Song for You.

With warmth, candor, and an impressive recall of detail, Robyn describes the two meeting as teenagers in the 1980s, and how their lives and friendship evolved as Whitney recorded her first album and Robyn pursued her promising Division I basketball career. Together during countless sold-out world tours, behind the scenes as hit after hit was recorded, through Whitney’s marriage and the birth of her daughter, the two navigated often challenging families, great loves, and painful losses, always supporting each other with laughter and friendship.

Deeply personal and heartfelt, A Song for You is the vital, honest, and previously untold story that provides an understanding of the complex life of Whitney Houston. Finally, the person who knew her best sets the record straight.

©2019 Robyn Crawford (P)2019 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"As a narrator, Crawford is patient and deliberate, and almost completely without judgment.... She still has a glimmer of New Jersey in her voice, compressing Newark into 'Nawrk,' and her tone hovers between loving and knowing, with only flecks of exasperation." (The New York Times Book Review)

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I’m glad to Hear Robyn speak her truth.

I always wondered if Robyn would gone through with her side of the story. I don’t believe her to be anything but honest, thoughtful, beautiful soul who had to experience something so rare but yet relatable. I loved hearing about the real Whitney, and the dynamics of this complicated love. Bravo Robyn.

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Beautifully written!

I loved this book from the first page to the last. Robyn did a terrific job telling her story, her way. It was authentic and heartfelt all the way through. This book gets two thumbs up from me!! I’m definitely glad I made the purchase.

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I have to think of me now!

I guess some questions were answered.
Robyn reads her story with truth and conviction you do feel that. The only thing that gets a bit tiresome, is she keeps saying "I have to think of me now" through the whole book. There's her truth Nippys truth and the truth.

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Fascinating and emotionally moving.

Bought this book to learn about Whitney but really became interested in Robyns own story too. It's good to hear the events from her perspective and very touching at times. If you're a big Whitney Houston fan than this is a must.

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Came off as a genuine account

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discussions on preserving het own well being after all that she had experienced.



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So Many Emotions

I really appreciate Robyn Crawford sharing a part of her private life with the world. I really feel that her story is the closest to the truth than what was shared by others. Although I don't know any of these individuals personally it angered me when watching "Whitney" the documentary as Whitney's brother Gary described Robyn as a "nobody". Whitney's family's approach, body language and answers when asked about Robyn verses Robyn's approach, body language and answers when asked about Whitney's family reveal much more than Whitney's family are willing to admit to the world or maybe even to themselves. My heart hurts for Whitney because I feel that she couldn't accept herself as she was because her own family wouldn't accept her as she was and that's what truly killed her. Just like Bobby Brown said in the documentary drugs didn't kill her.

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  • Sharron Denice
  • 2020-03-03

Couldn’t listen to it anymore

I’m not quite sure what everyone else found exciting but I couldn’t bare to listen to this another day. The story has depth and it seems like every other thing she’s saying is drugs, Sissy and performance. Nothing new, and her reading is just dull and boring. Sorry I wanted to like it.

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  • Yolanda
  • 2020-01-23

Honest & Heartbreaking GREAT BOOK

I believe Ms. Robyn timed the release of her story appropriately. She would have been well within her rights to take her life story with Whitney Houston to her grave. I admire her strength and courage for being so candid. I believe her she loved and cared for Whitney Houston with all her heart. I wish I had a friend like that!

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  • Willa Carter
  • 2019-11-17

Amazhinhhh

As a fan you hear the stories and read the headlines but,this book goes to confirmed everything as a Whitney Houston fan you hoped to be untrue! Thank you Robyn!! WOWWW!

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  • 2019-11-17

A spotlight on family values

At this point it does not matter how many versions of Houston's passing we hear because a few things remain consistent: drug use leads to negative roads, physical abuse is never okay, rest and refresh is always important no matter what career you have, and saying NO to even family, friends, or loved ones is a valued tool. I realized several flaws in judgement due to a sense of love that allowed several things to be overlooked or passed on a something minor. Most importantly, I learned to keep listening to my own instincts, keep positive influences around me at all times, stop caring about what other people think and find more ways to give back. I as well don't want roses at my funeral; make mine a concert of my playlists and favorites. Thank you for this book and all the strength it may have taken you to write this; do know that it is appreciated. If you are in Georgia; lets have some tea.

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  • Taqwaa F. Saleem
  • 2019-11-13

COULD NOT STOP LISTENING

This was a long-awaited, riveting story on so many levels. I found Robyn Crawford endearing, sincere, and a soul gifted with a remarkable ability to love genuinely and deeply. BRAVO, Robyn for courageously sharing your story.

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  • RJ
  • 2020-02-18

Thought Provoking and Sensitive

Whitney’s story is both painful and inspirational. Robin not only honored her friend but took great care of her beautifully tragic life. This books shows that even the most beautiful, most talented and those who “appear” to have God’s favor often suffer with addiction, depression, disconnectedness and loneliness. It was a page turner, I couldn’t wait to hear the next chapter. Bravo to Robin for telling their story in her own time, in her own way.

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  • 2019-11-21

Awesome friendship!

Robyn, of all the people that have written or spoken about Whitney, I believe your version most of all. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed this Audible.

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  • Angela Tabron
  • 2019-11-18

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i loved it. It's the story i believe. Love Lives Forever.. The story is beautiful . True friendship til the end. RIP..❤

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  • Anne
  • 2020-01-25

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This book make me wanna cry because it so slow to get going. The narrator speaks in a monotone, flatline. There is no chronological order. The writer is all over the place you don’t know what happened when. It was just kind of blah blah no guts.

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  • 2020-01-21

Very Moving Book

Very beautifully told. Robyn is truly an inspiration. Her openness of her self and her love for “Nip” was beautiful . Her love for her family is amazing and her wife sounds like a wonderful woman. Many blessings and there are some lessons for all of us. Highly Recommend this book

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