As was Mary Wilson, Thelma Houston is a Mississippi native. She started in the 1960s performing gospel music with the Art Reynolds Singers. She then signed to Capitol Records (home of the Beatles, Nat King Cole, and Nancy Wilson) in 1967 and had her first hit song called “Baby Mine”. When Thelma moved to Motown Records, she claimed the top of the Pop, R&B, and Dance charts with her high-powered rendition of “Don’t Leave Me This Way”. That Gold Record classic gave Thelma the distinction of being the first female artist at Motown to win the Grammy Award for “Best R&B Female Vocal Performance”.
Thelma Houston’s role with HDI is a continuation of her ongoing humanitarian efforts for charitable causes, especially the battle against HIV/AIDS. For this work, the City of West Hollywood proclaimed January 29th as “Thelma Houston Day” in 2003. Thelma has given her talents to numerous charities including Devine Design for Project Angel Food, the Human Rights Campaign, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and the Minority AIDS Project, to which she donated her $20,000 winnings from the TV show “Hit Me Baby, One More Time”. She is on the advisory board and is very active with Dream A World Education