2015 Grammy Nominee/Actress ANTONIQUE SMITH has released her soaring soul-pop track “HIGHER”, the sophomore single from the forthcoming debut album, “Love Is Everything” available later this fall via the independent label 9:23 Music Group.
“Higher” is available on iTunes now. The single is produced by Darryl Farmer and the platinum selling duo Midi Mafia (John Legend, Jennifer Lopez) and written by Antonique Smith, Mickey Shiloh and Darryl Farmer. “Higher is about that moment when guys are afraid to commit,” says Smith. “When that happens, women start asking all the wrong questions. But, there is something you can say to a man to make him look at you differently and want that commitment. That is Higher.”
The single showcases a natural progression from Antonique’s debut “Hold Up Wait A Minute (Woo Woo)”, which landed her a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance earlier this year. Antonique’s seasoned vocal is center stage as she effortlessly navigates through elevated riffs and poignant lyrics to deliver an emotional message that will resonate with listeners worldwide. Antonique’s powerhouse vocals have garnered praise from fans and critics alike but one legendary artist had a special hand in creating this masterpiece. “The incomparable Dr. Dre heard some music from my upcoming EP and played my manager and I this Midi Mafia track,” she says. “It was amazing and I couldn’t believe my ears. We took the track with us and came back with this special song,” she adds.
The feverishly anticipated debut EP Love Is Everything covers the many facets of love with “Higher” displaying Antonique’s versatility and vulnerability. “My desire is to share messages that will make people think and have an effect on their lives,” the starlet proclaims. “ ‘Hold Up Wait A Minute’ was a call to action for people to take their power back and now ‘Higher’ will help steer the delicate early moments that can make or break a new relationship.”
The multi-faceted entertainer recently wrapped production on two indie-film projects; the romantic comedy “Stock Option” produced and directed by Tasha Smith and the Queen Latifah produced, “Deuces,” a crime-drama directed by Jamal Hill (“Brotherly Love”) featuring Larenz Tate, Lance Gross andMeagan Good. She first garnered attention in her buzzworthy leading role in “RENT” on Broadway as Mimi Marquez, and is now most famous for her portrayal of Faith Evans in the 2009 theatrical release “Notorious” which opened to critical acclaim.
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