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Davis wanted to ensure he had the right material and producers for Houston's debut album.
Some producers had to pass on the project because of prior commitments. With production from Michael Masser, Kashif, Jermaine Jackson, and Narada Michael Walden, Houston's debut album Whitney Houston was released in February 1985.
The jazzy ballad "Saving All My Love for You" was released next and it would become Houston's first No. She was then an opening act for singer Jeffrey Osborne on his nationwide tour.
Outside the US, the song failed to get enough attention to become a hit, but in the US, it gave the album its first major hit as it peaked at No. She also began performing on late-night television talk shows, which were not usually accessible to unestablished black acts.Rolling Stone magazine praised Houston, calling her "one of the most exciting new voices in years" while The New York Times called the album "an impressive, musically conservative showcase for an exceptional vocal talent".Arista Records promoted Houston's album with three different singles from the album in the US, UK and other European countries.In 1977, at age 14, she became a backup singer on the Michael Zager Band's single "Life's a Party".
While modeling, she continued her burgeoning recording career by working with producers Michael Beinhorn, Bill Laswell and Martin Bisi on an album they were spearheading called One Down, which was credited to the group Material.
At the time, MTV had received harsh criticism for not playing enough videos by black, Latino, and other racial minorities while favoring white acts.