New & Next: Actress Antonique Smith Sings New Single ‘Hold Up’ Live
Michael Rowe

Actress and singer Antonique Smith recalls how moviegoers thought she was lip-synching when she famously portrayed Faith Evans in the Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious. And who can blame them? It’s not often we see actress with the chops to also sing. The New Jersey-bred actress says she was a singer way before she was an actress. “Acting just came to me, I didn’t pursue it,” she says.

Now ready to make her singing debut with a new album in 2014, Smith recently released her first single “Hold Up, Wait a Minute” to much fanfare. Here, she performs it live for ESSENCE.


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