The pop diva was discovered dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room Saturday, the eve of the 54th Grammy Awards. When she burst upon the music world in 1985, there was no doubt in anyone's mind the willowy beauty was a star. Houston's music was stellar, but her personal life was chaotic.
Though Joyner has chosen to remain under the radar, the Omaha songwriter has had a huge influence; Beck and Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes have both cited him among their favorites. Joyner's latest project is a fan-funded double vinyl LP that will be out later this year.
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