Anthony Hamilton, singer
Singer ~ Songwriter

Anthony Hamilton

January 28, 1971, Charlotte, NC

There is a tradition in classic black music that goes back to the smooth crooning of Sam Cooke, the earthy gritty sound of Otis Redding, the lyrical beauty of Curtis Mayfield and the unfiltered intensity of Donny Hathaway. It's a combination of church-rooted hallelujah praisin' and tell-it-like-it-is storytellin'. Few contemporary artists seem equipped to carry the torch with any sense of authenticity. Anthony Hamilton may be the sole - indeed, soulful - exception. ~ Soultracks: Anthony Hamilton ~ retrieved June 10, 2013 © SoulTracks

“Some people write songs to be hits,” says Hamilton, a skillful songwriter in his own right. “Some people write songs because they love it- and that brings a different feeling to the music. I was looking for the latter. That’s why working on this album [Back To Love] was so liberating.” ~ Anthony Hamilton ~ retrieved June 8, 2013 ©

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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. ~ Allmusic: Anthony Hamilton ~ retrieved June 8, 2013 © Allmusic

“My music didn’t have much of a buzz, so I was amazed about what I heard,” he said in a recent interview. “It’s great to know that my music is still being recognized. It shows that all the hard work is paying off.” Hamilton sings gospel-tinged songs about heartache and the joys of life, and is known for his soulfully gritty music. He earned mainstream success with his platinum-selling album, 2003’s Comin’ From Where I’m From. He has received 12 Grammy nominations during his career, and won in 2009 for his collaboration with Al Green on You’ve Got The Love I Need. ~ Washington Post: Anthony Hamilton ~ 2011 © Washington Post

Anthony Hamilton ~ Comin' From Where I'm From (2003) ~ #479 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time

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