Anthony Hamilton

Anthony Cornelius Hamilton (born 28 January 1971, Charlotte, North Carolina) is an American, Grammy Award winning R&B singer-songwriter, and record producer who rose to fame with his platinum-selling second studio album Comin’ from Where I’m From (2003), which featured the title track single “Comin’ from Where I’m From” and the follow-up “Charlene.” Nominated for 10 Grammy awards, he is also known for the song “Freedom” from the soundtrack album of Django Unchained co-written and sung as a duo with indie soul singer Elayna Boynton.

Hamilton started singing in his church’s choir at age 10. He attended South Mecklenburg High School where he sang in their award winning choir under the direction of Mark Setzer. In 1992, he met producer Mark Sparks who encouraged Hamilton to leave Charlotte and head to New York City where he signed with Andre Harrell’s Uptown Records. Hamilton co-wrote the 1999 hit “U Know What’s Up” for singer Donell Jones. In 2000, he joined soul singer D’Angelo’s international tour in promotion of the Voodoo album, on which he was a backup singer.

On 25 March 2016, he released his ninth studio album What I’m Feelin’ featuring guitarists Gary Clark, Jr. and Vince Gill with tracks produced by Mark Batson, Salaam Remi, and James Poyser. After one week, the project ranked number two on the Billboard R&B chart, representing his highest career debut. Hamilton works with the background singers the HamilTones, often performing soul renditions of Hip-Hop tracks.

Hamilton was first introduced to mainstream audiences with his singing of the chorus of Nappy Roots 2002 single “Po’ Folks” which earned a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” in 2003. “Po’ Folks” is the second single from the multi-platinum Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz album. Hamilton followed up with three collaborations on Nappy Roots next Atlantic Records release Wooden Leather with “Sick & Tired”, “Push On”, “Organic” and then one feature on The Humdinger on the single “Down N’ Out”. Nappy Roots and Hamilton have a song together called “Bluegrass Stain’d” with Mark Ronson that was released through Elektra Records.

Hamilton was featured on Jadakiss’ 2004 hit “Why” (which was nominated for the “Best Rap/Song Collaboration” Grammy in 2005) and two of 2Pac’s remixed songs. Hamilton contributed to 2002’s “Thugz Mansion” (7″ remix) and 2006’s “Dear Mama” (Frank Nitty Remix). Hamilton’s first compilation album, Soulife, was composed of songs recorded during the early part of his career. These previous works were released in June 2005. Ain’t Nobody Worryin’, his gold-selling third studio album, was released on December 13, 2005.

Hamilton was featured on a track from The RH Factor’s 2003 album Hard Groove called “Kwah/Home”. He appeared on Angie Stone’s “Stay For A While” in 2004. He made a guest appearance on blues singer-guitarist Buddy Guy’s 2005 album Bring ‘Em In, contributing vocals to a cover version of Bob Dylan’s 1969 “Lay Lady Lay,” which featured Robert Randolph.

At the 2006 BET Awards, Hamilton won the BET J “Cool Like That” Award. Comedian Dave Chappelle had Hamilton as a musical guest on his show Chappelle’s Show in episode 6, Season 2 that premiered on Comedy Central. He made a guest appearance on the UPN show All of Us in Season 2. Hamilton made a cameo as a soul singer in the film American Gangster, to whose soundtrack he contributed. During the 2008 BET Awards, Hamilton performed Al Green’s “Tired of Being Alone” during a tribute to Green’s career. Later in 2008, he was featured on The Recession the certified Gold selling album by Young Jeezy.

In July 2011, Jill Scott released her hit single “So In Love” featuring Hamilton. The track spent 19 weeks at the number one spot on the Urban AC charts.

2012 found Hamilton on two successful Def Jam releases: Big K.R.I.T.’s Live from the Underground and Life Is Good by Nas, which debuted at #1 on Billboard 200. Later on in 2012 Hamilton was featured on the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained in the track “Freedom” in a duo with indie soul singer Elayna Boynton. British DJ Ben Pearce sampled vocals from Hamilton’s song, “Cornbread, Fish & Collard Greens” in his 2013 song, “What I Might Do”. In 2015, Hamilton made a guest appearance on the song “That One”, the first single from Teedra Moses’ second album Cognac & Conversation.

Further demonstrating his diversity, Hamilton made a cameo appearance on the hit Fox show, EMPIRE, where he performed “Point of It All” as part of main character Luscious Lyon’s proposal to his girlfriend. The episode aired 4 February 2015.

On 24 February 2016, Hamilton performed at the last “In Performance at the White House” hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle as part of a tribute to iconic singer Ray Charles. On March 25, he released his 9th studio album “What I’m Feelin,” which he describes as an “emotional” cleanse reflecting on some of the hurdles he has faced. Hamilton partnered with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store to release a deluxe version of the album sold online and in stores across the country. On 28 March 2016 Hamilton performed on NPR’s critically acclaimed Tiny Desk Concerts where he performed his new single “Amen,” “Best of Me,” “Cool,” and “Charlene.” Chris Brown recruited Hamilton to perform on the “Legends” remix to his hit single “Back to Sleep,” which was released on 10 April 2016. On 21st April , Hamilton embarked on a nationwide tour with Fantasia.


Artist: Anthony Hamilton
Title: Ain’t No Shame
Album: What I’m Feelin
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Artist: Anthony Hamilton
Title: Tis The Season
Album: Home for the Holidays
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Artist: Anthony Hamilton
Title: Best of Me
Album: Back to Love
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Artist: Anthony Hamilton
Title: Cool (David Banner)
Album: The Point of It All
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Artist: Anthony Hamilton
Title: Pass Me Over
Album: Ain’t Nobody Worryin
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Artist: Anthony Hamilton
Title: Charlene
Album: Comin’ From Where I’m From
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Artist: Anthony Hamilton
Title: Last Night
Album: Soulife
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Artist: Anthony Hamilton
Title: Love And War
Album: Soulife
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Studio albums

“What I’m Feelin” (2016). “Home for the Holidays” (2014). “Back to Love” (2011). “The Point of It All” (2008). “Ain’t Nobody Worryin” (2005). Comin’ From Where I’m From (2003). “XTC” (1996).

Compilation albums

“Southern Comfort” (2007). “Soulife” (2005).


“What I’m Feelin'” (featuring The HamilTones) (2016 Album What I’m Feelin’). “Amen” (2016 Album What I’m Feelin’), “Freedom” (with Elayna Boynton) (2013 Album Django Unchained soundtrack). “Best of Me” (2013 Album Back to Love). “Pray for Me” (2012 Album Back to Love). “I’ll Wait (To Fall In Love)” (2011 Album Back to Love). “Woo” (2011 Album Back to Love). “The Point of It All” (2009 Album The Point of It All). “Cool” (featuring David Banner) (2008 Album The Point of It All). “Do You Feel Me” (2007 Album American Gangster soundtrack). “Struggle No More (The Main Event)” (featuring Jaheim and Musiq Soulchild) (2007 Album Daddy’s Little Girls soundtrack). “Sista Big Bones” (2006 Ain’t Nobody Worryin’). “Can’t Let Go” (2005 Ain’t Nobody Worryin’). “Charlene” (2004 Comin’ from Where I’m From). “Comin’ from Where I’m From” (2003 Comin’ from Where I’m From). “Nobody Else” (1996 XTC).

Featured singles

“So In Love” (Jill Scott featuring Anthony Hamilton) (2011 The Light of the Sun). “Down N’ Out” (Nappy Roots featuring Anthony Hamilton) (2008 The Humdinger). “I’m Not Perfect” (J. Moss featuring Anthony Hamilton) (2007 V2… The J. Moss Project). “Hustler’s Dream” (The Game featuring Anthony Hamilton)  (2006 unreleased). “Can I Live?” (Nick Cannon featuring Anthony Hamilton) (2005 Non-album single). “Why” (Jadakiss featuring Anthony Hamilton) (2004 Kiss of Death). “Stay for a While” (Angie Stone featuring Anthony Hamilton) (2004 Stone Love). “Sunshine” (Twista featuring Anthony Hamilton) (2003 Kamikaze). “Po’ Folks” (Nappy Roots featuring Anthony Hamilton)  (2002 Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz), “Thugz Mansion” (2Pac featuring Anthony Hamilton) (2002 Better Dayz).

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