theaussieword.com’s exclusive interview with Antonique Smith!
Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music? When I was a little girl, I heard the perfection that is Whitney Houston’s voice and I wanted to sound like her. So, I taught myself to sing by singing to her music. I don’t know if I would’ve become a singer if I hadn’t heard her! She inspired me that much. She’s also from East Orange, NJ! She’s my hometown hero!
What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? I feel like I’ve been given a gift to sing and it’s my purpose in life to share it with the world. I’ve also been through some experiences and gained some wisdom and nothing else touches people quite like music so I hope to help people, inspire them and make them think when they hear my music.
What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? It would be incredible to have a diamond album and to be an EGOT (win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony)
What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour? I’m gonna release my album in a few months and would love to be on tour. Don’t have those details yet but stay tuned!
Success, what is the secret to it? Perseverance! There’s a lot of obstacles on the road to success and the majority of time, what separates the person who reaches success from the person who doesn’t is that the they didn’t quit. They found the will and passion and strength to keep going. It’s not easy. It’s been a long and sometimes very difficult journey for me but my family and friends including my amazing manager and my relationship with God helped me find the strength to keep going. Sometimes they pushed me or even pulled me along in the harder times. A support system of love is the biggest blessing.
The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye? There has been a lot of changes but the beauty of one of the changes is the closer relationship between artist and fan. Social media allows you to connect with and know your audience more than ever before. There’s an intimacy there and it’s easier to have a grassroots approach because it feels more personal.