Well, maybe, if we all help her out!
Antonique Smith is launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund her debut album. The page can be found here and, as you can see, she has a solid start, but still a ways to go.
I have been a fan of Antonique since 2006 when I saw Rent on Broadway for the first time and she played Mimi. Her voice was unbelievable and I thought her acting was great as well. She played a very desperate Mimi which I felt was a great interpretation of the role, and her “Out Tonight” was just incomparable. I feel like I’ve been waiting for this album since that day because I’ve been wanting more of her and especially her voice ever since, so I hope this album will get produced.
If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, it’s a great way to help fund creative projects such as this. Unlike Indiegogo or gofundme which are similar sites, Kickstarter has almost no risk for the investor. On the aforementioned sites, users donate money to a project and then have to hope that the project receives enough funding to be completed. On Kickstarter, however, the artist makes an “all or nothing” go at their goal because, rather than instantly receiving the donations from supporters, they are instead pledged the money which will only actually become theirs if their goal is met. That’s right, no money changes hands unless the determined goal is met. The way this is done is by an agreement signed when the supporters pledge their money stating that their credit card will not be charged unless the goal is reached.
I truly hope Antonique makes the money she needs to produce her album. She deserves this opportunity and I would love to own an album of her beautiful voice, so please consider donating! You’ll get plenty of gifts from Antonique in return depending on how much you donate, and my own thanks if we can get this done!