Airing in 2015, Lifetime’s I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story,” starring Yaya DaCosta, has already faced major challenges. Family matriarch Cissy Houston denounced the biopic, directed by Angela Bassett. Then there were problems securing the rights to Houston’s vocals. To overcome the latter hurdle, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter (“Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here”) and Broadway star (Aida, Jekyll & Hyde) Deborah Cox, 40, was asked to re-create several tracks. “I knew I had some big shoes to fill,” says Cox. “But I did the job that was supposed to be done.” The singer talked to Billboard about her work on the project.

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