Tuesday, September 27, 2022

17-Year-Old Whitney Houston’s Unreleased Song + NFT Collection Goes to Auction

*Whitney Houston’s iconic talent and legacy is being celebrated with a debut NFT collection announced today by OneOf, the green music NFT platform backed by Quincy Jones. This exclusive collection culminates in a single “OneOf One Iconic” item: an early never-before-heard full-length song demo recording that Houston made at age 17.

This recording will be auctioned in December, with auction details revealed on December 1 at OneOf.world, a two-day immersive art, music and NFT experience during Miami Art Week. The winner of the auction will have personal access to this recording in their OneOf Vault along with a digital video created by breakout 17-year-old artist Diana Sinclair, who has recently been featured in TIME, Teen Vogue and Hypebeast. Interested bidders can register and get pre-qualified at https://oneof.com/whitney starting today.

Proceeds from the sales of the collection will go to the Whitney E. Houston Foundation, a non-profit which continues Houston’s work to empower, support, and inspire young people. Inviting 17-year-old artist/photographer/activist Sinclair to create all of the digital artwork and videos echoes Houston’s mission. Sinclair also recently addressed equity in the NFT space with their critically acclaimed exhibition “The Digital Diaspora” and was selected for Fortune’s “NFTy 50: The 50 most influential people in NFTs.”

The Whitney Houston OneOf collection includes thousands of affordable, fixed-price NFTs. The Gold and Platinum items feature rarely-seen archival photos from Houston’s early life and career, designed as colorful and vibrant animations that create a mesmerizing digital scrapbook effect. For the Diamond tier, Sinclair’s video artwork was inspired by the songs and music videos for “The Greatest Love of All” and “I Will Always Love You,” exploring Houston’s focus on supporting and inspiring young people, especially Black youth.

A limited-edition Gold tier pre-sale will go live today of only 300 tokens at $17. The primary 7-day sale of Platinum, Diamond, and remaining Gold tier NFTs will begin on November 30. The Whitney “OneOf One” NFT will be the first NFT in the “OneOf Iconic” series, to be unveiled at OneOf.world during Miami Art Week. Interested bidders can get pre-qualified on OneOf.com/whitney starting today.

Diana Sinclair, photo credit: Diana Sinclair
Diana Sinclair, photo credit: Diana Sinclair

“I’m excited to see Whitney’s legacy and her wonderful music expand into bold new technology of this era,” said Pat Houston (Executor, Estate of Whitney E. Houston). “It was a joy partnering with 17-year-old Diana Sinclair and watching the artistry of Whitney’s music influence a new generation.”

“Before shooting, I spent a lot of time-consuming not only the music that Whitney sang, but also the visuals that surrounded her,” said artist Diana Sinclair. “Whether that be from photoshoots or her music videos, I saw a common theme in a lot of her work, the empowerment of Black women. One of my favorite examples of that was in the music video for her song, ‘I’m Every Woman.’ Whitney’s talent and presence stands out a lot to me as a young Black woman in the arts. It’s empowering to me to see such positive (often playful) depictions of Black women in media, and matriarchal love and perseverance, like in the ‘Greatest Love of All’ music video and song. In the artworks I created, I wanted to highlight those sides of Whitney in the upper tiers, and then create animation work that simply let Whitney shine while touching on the colorful playful energy she had throughout her career.”

“Whitney is an icon for the ages,” said Joshua James, OneOf co-founder. “We couldn’t be more excited to be releasing this historical song from the very beginning of her journey as an artist.”

This exciting new collection arrives on the heels of OneOf’s three-year partnership with the GRAMMY Awards. Details on the NFT collections will be revealed in early January ahead of the upcoming GRAMMY Awards, taking place on Jan. 31. The NFTs will be released as collectibles and experiences celebrating the GRAMMY Awards, nominees and recipients, including tokens designed by world-famous crypto artists. A portion of the proceeds of the NFTs will go to the Recording Academy’s scholarship fund. Learn more at Bloomberg and Billboard.

OneOf has been making headlines since it was first announced. The platform launched in August with the iHeartRadio Music Festival, and its debut artist collection featured a 26,000 token drop from Doja Cat. An auction for the one-of-a-kind item in her collection sold for $188k, making it the single largest auction transaction on Tezos, the blockchain protocol on which OneOf is built.

[Diana Sinclair, photo credit: Diana Sinclair]

About The Whitney E. Houston Legacy Foundation

The Whitney E. Houston Legacy Foundation is a continuation of Whitney’s journey to Rebuild lives, Restore self-esteem, and Repair images through grassroots programs and initiatives. Its mission is to inspire the youth, create opportunities and empower them to succeed beyond their expectations, creating a lasting solution to overcoming challenges to their hope of improving their lives in a positive way.

About OneOf

OneOf is a NFT platform designed for the music community to create an environmentally sustainable, artist-and-fan-friendly experience. Built on the Tezos blockchain protocol, minting a NFT on OneOf’s platform uses two million times less energy than other proof-of-work networks, and for its artist and creator partners, minting NFTs costs $0 in blockchain transaction fees. Dedicated to charitable causes, OneOf offers artists using their platform the option to donate portions of their NFT proceeds to charities of their choice. OneOf also enables fans to pay with credit and debit cards as well as cryptocurrencies.

About Diana Sinclair

Diana Sinclair is a seventeen-year-old visual artist and curator working in the New York City area. In November 2020, she was selected as a 2021 YoungArts National Finalist in Photography, and since then has been exploring experimental video art and multimedia layering. She has had her artwork shown in numerous exhibits all over the world and herself became one of the youngest curators within the NFT space through solely curating The Digital Diaspora exhibit and auction in June.

Her story and the exhibit were featured in publications like Teen Vogue, Hypebeast, The Guardian, and more. In July this year she was selected for Fortune’s “NFTy 50: The 50 most influential people in NFTs”. Most recently, she was one of the featured artists in TIME’s NFT initiative that launched in late September. As a young person surrounded by tech, Diana believes that the next renaissance will grow from the intersection of art and technology, and is passionate about creating work that embraces this evolution.

Source: | Chris Taillie ctaillie@shorefire.com





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