Some of my favorite films are ones that Kevin Costner has made--"Field of Dreams", "Silverado", "Dragonfly"--and the list goes on. But his musical talent as he tours with his band Modern West is impressive and the fact that he came up with the career-changing song for Whitney Houston.

Costner, who starred in the 1992 movie "The Bodyguard" with Houston tells CMT he is the one who came up with the idea which was received unenthusiastically. "When I said to Whitney, 'You're gonna sing "I Will Always Love You"', the ground shook. Clive Davis and those guys were going, 'What?' I said, 'This is a very important song in this movie.'" It was indeed good for the movie, the soundtrack winning a Grammy that year. And of course, songwriter Dolly Parton thanked him for his suggestion which caused the song to achieve hit status for a second time!

It's rather ironic that Costner inspired that song for Whitney, but it was Costner's wife who inspired him five years ago to pursue his music and form a band. Costner continues to make music as he and Modern West launch their 2012 tour March 28 in Florida. For a complete listing of concert dates, go to
Want to check out his music? Here's his performance at the Grand Ole Opry.