updated 02/18/2012 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 02/18/2012 AT 4:40 PM ET
Whitney Houston’s funeral brought the singer back to where it all began – the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., where she performed as a child in the choir.
With tears and laughter, BeBe Winans shared memories of sitting with Houston – in her closet – preparing for her first tour. “We weren’t crowded,” he joked of the space. “It was as big as this church.”