Southwest Georgia Women Recall Time Spent with Whitney Houston

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

I guess you could say that Krishna Presha has a song in her heart.

Presha, and her cousin Jacqlyn Saunders were part of the Georgia Mass choir that appeared with Houston in the film "The Preacher's Wife." They were both part of the choir that backed up the songstress.

Presha still sings many of Houston's songs, including her favorite "The Greatest Love of All."

Both have fond memories of the pop star.

"it was Whitney, Negwanda, and Kris, so they were really close! I saw a lot of pictures of her with different members of that soprano section," said Saunders.

"She had a sweet spirit. We talked about everything from fashion, to songs, how we both started singing, you name it we talked about it," added Presha.

A photobook takes both women back to their time on the set. They remember how warm and kind Houston was to all members of the cast, and how her voice filled the church. The final week and saying goodbye was the toughest part and most memorable, especially when Houston started singing.

Both women were deeply affected after hearing about the sudden passing of the beloved singer.

"It was like a friend died...at first I couldn't believe it, I was like really? No," said Presha.

"Not until it was confirmed, for me, did I feel the sadness. She was a sparkle," reminisced Saunders.

Although they're sad, Presha and Saunders will always have a special place in their hearts for the musician taken too soon.

Both women still sing today with their churches. Presha is a school teacher in Camilla, GA, and Saunders has since retired from Thomas County Central High School and is a counselor at Harper Elementary.


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