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Anthony Hamilton

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  • Born: Charlotte, NC
  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s
  • Website: http://www.anthonyhamilton.com
  • Recent Activity: 01.20.17 RT @POTUS44: It's been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.
  • Anthony Hamilton

    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 4: Anthony Hamilton's "Woo" music video at LADC Studios on November 4, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA (Photos by Adrian Sidney/BarTabz.com/PictureGroup/AP)
  • Anthony Hamilton

    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 4: Anthony Hamilton's "Woo" music video at LADC Studios on November 4, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA (Photos by Adrian Sidney/BarTabz.com/PictureGroup/AP)

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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

A soul singer who drew comparisons to such classic vocalists as Bill Withers and Bobby Womack, Anthony Hamilton struggled for the better part of the 1990s as two of his albums went unreleased. While he didn't always get the label support his talent deserved, Hamilton established himself during the 2000s as one of the rawest, most singular, and relatable voices in R&B. He did so while racking up several Top Ten R&B albums and a handful of Grammy nominations.

The Charlotte, North Carolina native got his start at age ten in his church's choir. As a teenager, he transitioned into performing solo at various nightclubs and talent shows. In 1993, while in his early twenties, he moved to New York City, where he signed with André Harrell's Uptown Records, a major source of the new jack swing sound and home to artists such as Jodeci and Mary J. Blige. By 1995, Uptown was set to push Hamilton's debut album, but the company went out of business, leaving the album unreleased.

Hamilton moved to MCA and was finally able to release that debut album, XTC, in 1996. Only one song, "Nobody Else," was released as a single; the song peaked at number 63 on Billboard's R&B chart, and the disc quickly disappeared from view. Another transitional period followed. Hamilton joined Soulife, an upstart venture run by some of his old Charlotte friends. While there, he laid down tracks for another solo album and wrote songs for Donell Jones and Sunshine Anderson. In 2000, he accepted an invitation to sing backup vocals on D'Angelo's Voodoo tour and traveled the world. Upon returning home, Hamilton discovered that Soulife had also gone belly up.

With a second album unreleased, Hamilton spent the next two years selling songs and singing backup for artists including 2Pac and Eve. Then, in 2002 a lead spot singing on the Nappy Roots track "Po' Folks" garnered Hamilton some much-needed attention, as the song was nominated for the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 2003 Grammy Awards. A subsequent gig performing at a Grammy luncheon led to a meeting with producer Jermaine Dupri, who signed the singer to his So So Def label. Technically his fourth album, Comin' from Where I'm From bowed for So So Def in 2003 and featured "Charlene," a classic-sounding Southern soul ballad that reached number three on the R&B chart. In 2005, some of his Soulife recordings were dusted off and polished up for release as Soulife, and the new album Ain't Nobody Worryin' followed later in the year. It was Hamilton's third consecutive Top Ten R&B album. Southern Comfort, released in 2007, was another set of previously unreleased recordings.

The Point of It All, a proper studio release, was issued near the close of 2008. It was overshadowed by Hamilton's contribution to Al Green's "You've Got the Love I Need," which won a 2009 Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance -- that is, until the following Grammy ceremony, when the set received a nomination for Best Traditional R&B Album, with two of its songs also nominated in separate categories. Back to Love followed in 2011.

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Date Venue Location Tickets
04.28.17 Celebrity Theatre Phoenix, AZ US
04.29.17 Valley View Casino Center San Diego, CA US
05.12.17 Barclays Center Brooklyn, NY US
06.01.17 MotorCity Casino Hotel Detroit, MI US
07.28.17 Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati, OH US
07.29.17 Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati, OH US

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Six Degrees of Donny Hathaway

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Six Degrees of Donny Hathaway

By Hua Hsu, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

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  • 01.20.17 RT @POTUS44: It's been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.
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  • 01.19.17 RT @RCARecords: Don’t miss @Usher and @HamiltonAnthony on @BET’s special documentary event Through The Fire: The Legacy of Barack Obama TON…
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  • 01.19.17 Charlene, I want you to come on home... [ PART 2 ] https://t.co/WjoITltvvl
  • 01.19.17 I just wish Charlene would call and check on me sometimes. [ PART 1 ] https://t.co/bX4LQMoNI2