Published three days before the tenth anniversary of Whitney Houston’s death (February 11, 2022), Young Whitney by Bette Marshall delivers stories and rare behind-the-scenes images of a gifted young girl who became a memorable music and film star. 

Offering an intimate peek into the rise of this icon, told through stories along with rare and many never-before-seen photos, Marshall, who met Whitney as an 18 year old, enthralls fans and creates new ones with this honestly wonderful book, published by Cinergistik.  

The captivating collection of Whitney photographs shot between 1982 and 1986, is yet another masterpiece of imagery by Marshall who has captured some of the most famous faces of our time including Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Richard Branson, Willem Dafoe, Robert Downey Jr., Jodie Foster, James Earl Jones, Nelson Mandela, Sarah Jessica Parker and others. Her highly regarded photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Elle, Vogue, People and Rolling Stone. 

During the course of her illustrious career, Whitney Houston sold over 200 million records, becoming one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Her acting debut further engaged fans as The Bodyguard became one of the highest grossing films of all time, while also featuring the Grammy Award winning single, I Will Always Love You, which dominated the airwaves.

Legendary music producer Clive Davis, who is credited with nurturing Whitney’s meteoric rise as a performer said the book “captures all the beauty, promise and love of life that was indeed Whitney when I first met her.”

The book is now also the subject of an upcoming documentary, Whitney Houston in Focus, directed by Benjamin Alfonsi and executive produced and narrated by Audra McDonald. 

While Whitney ultimately died tragically and far too young, Marshall expertly documents the singer’s rise to fame.  The book is perfect for coffee tables, personal and public libraries, as well as for gifting to the discriminate collector.  

As Tamron Hall said while interviewing Bette, I too “cannot stop looking through this beautiful book.”

The hardcover edition is available exclusively at The GRAMMY Museum Store:

Young Whitney: Stories and Photographs by Bette Marshall; non-fiction; pub. February 8, 2022 in hardcover and digital by Cinergistik; color and black and white photographs throughout; exclusive first look appeared in People magazine’s January 17, 2022 edition.