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Anita Antoinette drops debut album

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Anita Antoinette, the Jamaica-born American who made it to the Top 10 of season seven of the US televised talent show The Voice in 2014, has released her independent debut album Smile.

The singer, who grew up in the Duhaney Park community of St Andrew, used social media to decide the name of her maiden project. She reached out to her followers on various platforms to help her decide on a title. In August she drew lots and the first name that came up was Smile.

CD copies of Smile, which is said to represent her musical palette with a mixture of reggae, world music, folk and blues, are available on her website anitaantoinette.com for a limited time only as a signed collector's item. Digital downloads and streaming of the album have been available since October 1. The album will be available on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and about 50 other online stores.

Her first single, Care, was released in June.

Anita Antoinette grew up dancing to the rhythm of the songs of her father, reggae singer Clinton Fearon. She migrated to the United States in 1997, where she settled first in South Boston and then New Britain, Connecticut ,with her mother, brothers, and sister. A self-taught singer and guitarist, she began writing her own music as a teenager, inspired by her father and legends such as Bob Marley, India Arie, and Erykah Badu.

In June of 2016, Anita Antoinette was appointed Caribbean American Heritage Month Musical Ambassador by the Institute of Caribbean Studies. As musical ambassador her responsibility is to bring awareness and celebrate the contributions of Caribbean Americans.

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