Whitney Houston ‘I Go to the Rock’ Trailer Explores Singer’s Gospel Roots

Whitney Houston Performing with a gospel choir. (Credit: Sony Music via Arista/Legacy Recordings)

The new Whitney Houston documentary special I Go to the Rock looks at the impact gospel music had on the late singer’s life and career.

The film premieres Friday in conjunction with the release of a posthumous album by the same name.

Grammy-winning gospel artist CeCe Winans hosts the special for AspireTV, a network dedicated to Black culture.

The trailer for the film features archival footage of Houston performing, as well as an interview about her faith with Oprah Winfrey.

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Houston’s estate announced details on the documentary and accompanying album in February, marking the 11th anniversary of the singer’s death.

“Her love for gospel music permeates through every song with love, compassion and conviction,” Pat Houston, executor of Houston’s estate, said at the time.

“To love Whitney is to love what she represents to all that love the gospel,” Pat added. “I hope you enjoy this amazing project that was simply a labor of love for all involved.”

Whitney Houston died in Beverly Hills on Feb. 11, 2012. She was 48.

The new album features six never-before-released songs, with some recorded as early as 1981.

The documentary includes footage of Houston performing “I Go to the Rock” with the Georgia Mass Choir on Saturday Night Live in 1996.

There’s also video of Houston performing “Guide Me O Thou, Great Jehovah” on The Arsenio Hall Show in 1990, and singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water” with CeCe Winans on the VH1 Honors in 1995.

The film I Go to the Rock: The Gospel Music of Whitney Houston is produced by Barry Jennings. The documentary special premieres Friday, March 24, at 8 p.m. ET on both UPtv and AspireTV.

Watch the trailer below.