Whitney Houston left an indelible mark on the musical world, influencing a whole class of singers from Adele to Christina Aguilera and beyond. But it’s our personal memories that have the greatest impact.

In the wake of Houston’s sudden death Saturday, Fuse’s Esteban Serrano reflects on what made Houston’s life and music so important to him: “Whitney Houston’s music started off being played in my house growing up. But when I started discovering music for myself, she was one of the artists that I gravitated toward.”

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