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Anthony Hamilton

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 progressed by 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 Uptown parent label MCA and was finally able to release that debut album, XTC, in 1996. Only one song, "Nobody Else," was released as a single. It 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" gave 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. Co-written and produced by Mark Batson, it reached number three on the R&B chart. In 2005, some of Hamilton's Soulife recordings were dusted off and polished for release as Soulife, and Ain't Nobody Worryin', a new set, followed later in the year. It was Hamilton's third consecutive Top Ten R&B album. Southern Comfort, released in 2007, was another compilation of previously unreleased recordings.

The Point of It All, a proper studio release, was issued near the end 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, which featured three songs co-written with Babyface, followed in 2011 and went Top Ten R&B as well. Although he didn't release another proper studio album for several years, he added to his already considerable quantity of high-profile collaborations with guest appearances on tracks by Big K.R.I.T., Nas, and Rick Ross. Additionally, he contributed to the Django Unchained soundtrack. Released in 2016, What I'm Feelin' reunited the singer with Mark Batson. ~ Matt Collar & Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Back To Love (Deluxe Version)

1. Back To Love

2. Writing On The Wall

3. Woo

4. Pray For Me

5. Best Of Me

6. Never Let Go

7. Mad

8. I'll Wait (To Fall In Love)

9. Sucka For You

10. Baby Girl

11. Who's Loving You

12. Life Has A Way

13. Broken Man

14. I'm Ready

15. Fair In Love

16. More Than Enough

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Track List: The Point Of It All

1. The News

2. Cool

3. The Day We Met

4. Diamond In The Rough

5. I Did It For Sho

6. Hard To Breathe

7. Soul's On Fire

8. Please Stay

9. The Point Of It All

10. Fallin' In Love

11. Prayin' For You / Superman

12. Her Heart

13. Fine Again

14. She's Gone

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Track List: Southern Comfort (Explicit)

1. They Don't Know

2. Magnolia's Room

3. Why

4. Don't Say What You Won't Do

5. Glad U Called

6. Fallin In Love Again

7. Trouble

8. Never Give Up

9. Better Love

10. Please

11. Sailin Away

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Track List: Southern Comfort

1. They Don't Know

2. Magnolia's Room

3. Why

4. Don't Say What You Won't Do

5. Glad U Called

6. Fallin In Love Again

7. Trouble

8. Never Give Up

9. Better Love

10. Please

11. Sailin Away

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Track List: Ain't Nobody Worryin'

1. Where Did It Go Wrong?

2. Southern Stuff

3. Can't Let Go

4. Ain't Nobody Worryin'

5. The Truth

6. Preacher's Daughter (feat. Tarsha McMillian)

7. Pass Me Over

8. Everybody

9. Sista Big Bones

10. Change Your World

11. Never Love Again

12. I Know What Love's All About

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Track List: Soul Life

1. I Used To Love Someone

2. I Cry

3. Clearly

4. Georgie Parker

5. Day Dreamin'

6. Ball And Chain

7. Ol' Keeper

8. Love And War (feat. Macy Gray) (Live)

9. Last Night (feat. Sunshine Anderson & Dolo Pichino)

10. Love is so complicated

11. Icing On The Cake

12. Exclusively

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Track List: Comin' From Where I'm From

1. Mama Knew Love

2. Cornbread, Fish & Collard Greens

3. Since I Seen't You

4. Charlene

5. I'm A Mess

6. Comin From Where I'm From

7. Better Days

8. Lucille

9. Float

10. My First Love (feat. LaToiya Williams)

11. Chyna Black

12. I Tried

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Track List: Amen (Single)

1. Amen

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Track List: I'm Cool (Radio Single)

1. I'm Cool

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Track List: What I'm Feelin'

1. Save Me

2. Ain't No Shame

3. What I'm Feelin' (Feat. TheHamilTones)

4. Amen

5. I Want You

6. Never Letting Go

7. Grateful

8. Walk In My Shoes

9. Take You Home

10. Still

11. Ever Seen Heaven

12. Love Is An Angry Thing

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Track List: Woo (Single)

1. Woo

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I would like to hear some music by Kem made a mistake and put rapper Kim which I don't like rap
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I,can't let you go....
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I'll make you you stay baby
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Always loved Anthony Hamilton & always will one of the most unique voices in the game
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Hamilton- Thanks for sharing and just bring good music. Mr. Southern brother. "Stay Up".
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Stop and listen...ref l e x type of song.
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Wow ��
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Love it
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Charlene
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show u care n luv with respect! It will go along way!
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THIS SONG NEVER GETS OLD
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Anthony sings truth. Men do some great, loyal women so wrong. And this song every man that truly loves that women should sit down and listen.
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Im still a mess, still taking it one day at a time. I will be ok though. You accomplished what u wanted.
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NEVER
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love it
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PREACH
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Very good songer..
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Give me a sign baby
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Soul Moving Music.....Re a l . . .
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Love Anthony Hamilton his voice is powerful, his songs are the truth
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Iove it ��
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Oh yes I can relate to this song.
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Stay with. Your. Family. I'm have my own soon. Be good to ur family. Later days.
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Beautiful Song
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Love this song makes me think of Kelli R.I.P i love you
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Ayyyyyyyyy
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�� this song!!!
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Love his new song Amen��������
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Lord I love this man voice
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Love this man
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Great R&B singer keeping it alive..love him
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Love it!!
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Loving this song!
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He helps me appreciate true R&B and soul music. Every time I hear him sing.
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Love this song, he knows how to sing from his heart.
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Deep
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I love this.....��
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Nice
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The Brother Has that Southern Soul found in the Church, Because he sings from his heart not from his head...As a former Entertainer I really enjoy relaxing to the sounds of perfection.
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Pretty song
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The brother has a gift, Thank you for sharing.
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bren7777
Sexy song..
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Love me so Anthony Hamilton. Great performer.
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reynoldstomi c o
Love all of his songs!! Keep em coming. I still believe in LOVE
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I'm really excited about this one his church roots have groomed him for his future blessings congrats to you my brother God bless your gifts
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Get it Anthony Hamilton.... H e y y y y y I'm cool.......c o u n t r y soul right, love it!!!
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Anthony Hamilton >> Amen love this song ♥♥♥♥
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Something about dat thong dropping love making music...bae cumm to da bedroom
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his voice gives me chills oml. hes amazing.
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