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The HamilTones Sing SoulBounce’s Praises

The HamilTones sat down with SoulBounce for an impromptu tune of “Ain’t Nothin’ But a SoulBounce”. The trio’s soulful songs have gone viral through social media and are continuing to light up the stage with their hits. Check out the performance here!

The HamilTones Sing SoulBounce’s Praises

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The HamilTones sat down with SoulBounce for an impromptu tune of “Ain’t Nothin’ But a SoulBounce”. The trio’s soulful songs have gone viral through social media and are continuing to light up the stage with their hits. Check out the performance here!

May 10 2016
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LA Times: Put some ‘respeck’ on Anthony Hamilton’s name because he deserves it

Anthony Hamilton has a history of taking viral pop culture moments and flipping them into something truly special. The LA Times brings us back to all of Hamilton’s best moments in their most recent article. Check out them out here!

LA Times: Put some ‘respeck’ on Anthony Hamilton’s name because he deserves it

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Anthony Hamilton has a history of taking viral pop culture moments and flipping them into something truly special. The LA Times brings us back to all of Hamilton’s best moments in their most recent article.

Check out them out here!

Apr 29 2016
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Interview: Anthony Hamilton Talks The State of R&B, Creativity And The Real Meaning Behind “Charlene” With Blavity

Anthony Hamilton Talks The State of R&B, Creativity And The Real Meaning Behind “Charlene” With Blavity Do you have really dope people in your life, like the kind you knew were brilliant and amazing from the moment you met them, and as time passed you became a witness to their brilliance illuminating the lives of […]

Interview: Anthony Hamilton Talks The State of R&B, Creativity And The Real Meaning Behind “Charlene” With Blavity

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Anthony Hamilton Talks The State of R&B, Creativity And The

Real Meaning Behind “Charlene” With Blavity

Do you have really dope people in your life, like the kind you knew were brilliant and amazing from the moment you met them, and as time passed you became a witness to their brilliance illuminating the lives of others? Well, I’m blessed to say I have many friends like this. Singer-songwriter extraordinaire Anthony Hamilton is one of them.

His new album, What I’m Feelin’, was released March 25th, and is the 9th commercial release of his career. He’s a hardworking man with phenomenal talent, a gift to our generation and one of the best expressions of African-American culture and its musical legacy.

Music has the ability to heal and destroy as it is sound, frequency and vibration. It is literally the word, the God force as described in ‘Genesis’ 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Anthony gets it and seeks to heal with his superpower that is sound. He is a Griot of our time, a secular praise singer reminding us all of the value of love, life, passion, and soul.

 

 

Blavity: Can you give us some background on your career?

 

Anthony Hamilton: Well, I’m from Charlotte, North Carolina, a country boy. I had a big dream from [when I was] a baby to make it big in the music industry and then I finally got a chance to go to New York with some guys. Mark Sparks and I landed my first record deal in ‘93, but it wasn’t until 2003 that my first release came out on So So Def/Arista with Jermaine Dupri. Prior to that, I had a few fallen deals, three or four deals that fell through the cracks and um, from there I’ve just been working — writing and touring. Everything’s been working out since 2003.

 

B: Great! Thank you for that background. One of the reasons why I wanted to interview you is because I see you as one of the few male R&B singers who continues to sing about love and romance. To me, you represent the celebration of black love. What is it that drives your music?

 

AH: I think passion — being passionate about life, love and people fuels me to write the best things, the truest things… and love. Love itself, whether it’s feeling the loss, love loss or feeling love’s gain. It’s all powerful and contributes to the process.

 

B: So, how do you feel about the state of R&B now?

 

AH: I feel like it’s interesting I think there’s a lot of talent nowadays in R&B. I think it’s interesting. There’s a lack of passion and dating in the lyrics (chuckling), there’s no dating in the lyrics. It’s too sexual. I believe it’s too sexual. There’s nothing left to the imagination when it comes to dating and passion, you know. But that comes with maturity. There’s a lot of young cats making music who haven’t experienced love. I think the main drive now is popularity, popularity and financial gain as opposed to social and spiritual growth.

 

Like Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder. They were giving you some good spiritual food in their music. Nowadays it’s just, “Let’s meet at the club. Let’s get high. Let’s have sex and I’ll holler at you.”

 

B: I agree! The spiritual aspect is gone from our music. It’s almost like the men, the women too in some instances, but it’s almost like the men equate love — deep love — with weakness.

 

AH: Yeah, I do believe that. I think to be vulnerable is not to be weak but it’s actually a beautiful thing when you can allow your heart to live free. It takes a real man to not have sex before he knows it’s right. Those are the real men, the ones who have strong integrity.

 

B: Thank you for speaking to that. There has been a lot of social heat brewing within the last, I’ll say 10 years since Hurricane Katrina and then followed up with the many killings of black people by the police. You have six children, all boys. How does all of this affect your artistry, if at all?

 

AH: You want to speak about it. You want to let people know that it’s real. It’s definitely real. We’re living in a time now that I thought we’d be far past. There’s still that deep-rooted segregation in our hearts and people still really want a white America, and it’s not gon’ happen. We’ve been living too long. There’s a lot of injustice with the killing of young blacks and nobody is to be blamed. I mean, we do it to ourselves too, but still… When there are people of authority who take advantage and nobody gets reprimanded then the system is totally against us.

 

B: Do you feel as an artist that it is your social responsibility to speak to it?

 

AH: You have a choice. You have freedom of speech. The fact that I have a louder voice than a lot of people, I think morally and spiritually speaking, yeah, I’m supposed to do something and say something, call out and let the people know, “Look, I know we’re being blinded with Trump and the buffoonery and the clown fests going on, but what’s really happening is they’re trying to kill us so be aware.”

 

B: On your new album, your songs, the way that I heard them at least, make a lot of, I don’t know if I want to say biblical references, but growing up in the church I’m familiar with a lot of your phrases. Some of the phrases you use to describe your relationships with and how you relate to women are very interesting to me. You know, you say things like, “You cover me, you heal me” and your new song says she got you saying ‘Amen,’ which is also the title. What’s your perspective of women?

 

AH: I think women are powerful! I think they’re natural healers, lovers, resilient. I think women have the ability to bounce back a lot more than men. They have this innate ability just to be strong, to be so strong, so mighty when things are really bad. I think a lot of men would probably crack under pressure. I think women are gifts, they’re beautiful. They should be cherished. We all fall short of being our best selves and therefore leave people hurt and mistreated at times, but that’s my real feeling about women.

 

 

B: Tell our Blavity readers, those who are fans and those just getting to know you and your artistry, what you want them to know about you.

 

AH: I’m a man who loves people, life, travel and I’ve been through a lot. I’ve been adopted. I’ve been through a series of events and I still remain strong and I still have a passion to heal. I’m a great father. I’m a great barber. I love music, fashion, cooking, travel, walking, and uh, yeah… I’m slightly introverted but I’m very outgoing (chuckles)… Aquarius to the bone, baby!

 

B: What do you want to be most known for?

 

AH: As a healer.

 

B: What is your creative process?

 

AH: Well, you know from being an artist yourself that things change. Each creative process has its own beginning and ending, the way you approach it is different. It depends on where you are. If you’re in a place and the music is already there then you listen to the music and see what the music is saying and then you try to be honest with the music and whatever story it’s telling you, you help capture it. So I think that each time I write a song, it’s different. There are moments when I’m in a groove and the music and the process is coming along pretty well and I end up with four songs because it’s like, okay, I’m in a groove now. Listen to the music, write what you’re feeling or state what you’re feeling first off. Sometimes I freestyle. I let my spirit just sing so I freestyle the first couple of bars and it’s incredible! I be like, “Wow, that’s beautiful” and it’s exactly, kinda what I wanted to say. But it’s beautiful.

 

B: Okay, so last question. What is the story of “Charlene?” It’s your biggest hit, so…

 

AH: (Laughing) Yeah, yeah… It was a point in my life when music and love were battling for the same space and it was kind of hard to make the choice because you didn’t want to lose this person but you didn’t want to lose yourself. I’m a musical being. That’s who I am from [w[when I was] child, so that moment in my life created “Charlene.”

 

B: I saw NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’ and you said you needed some E&J after singing that song. Was that real? Does singing Charlene still evoke strong emotion or was that all theatrics?

 

AH: I didn’t drink after that (laughs)! I actually got some food. But yeah, that was for the moment and the people. That song sometimes, yeah… it’s been so long now that some days you feel it again, a lot of days you feel it again. Especially when I’m on stage looking out on all these people who had a similar experience and are connecting to the song. But then other days it’s like work. It’s all beautiful still. I love it all.

 

Check out Anthony Hamilton’s new single, “Amen.”

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Apr 11 2016
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Watch: Anthony Hamilton Explains How to Be a Vulnerable Man on His New Album

The soul singer also reveals studio plans with 2Chainz and whether or not he’ll do a gospel album—and he even sings a little Rihanna! Hamilton stopped by The Root’s office to chat about the new album and whether or not a gospel album is coming, and he even surprised us with a very Anthony Hamilton rendition of […]

Watch: Anthony Hamilton Explains How to Be a Vulnerable Man on His New Album

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The soul singer also reveals studio plans with 2Chainz and whether or not he’ll do a gospel album—and he even sings a little Rihanna! Hamilton stopped by The Root’s office to chat about the new album and whether or not a gospel album is coming, and he even surprised us with a very Anthony Hamilton rendition of Rihanna’s new hit, “Work.”

See the full video here!

Mar 31 2016

What I’m Feelin

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    Save Me
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    Ain't No Shame
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    What I'm Feelin'
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    Amen
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    I Want You
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    Never Letting Go
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    Grateful
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    Walk in My Shoes
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    Take You Home
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    Still
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    Ever Seen Heaven
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    Love Is an Angry Thing

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Home for the Holidays

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    It's Christmas
    4:41
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    Spend Christmas with You
    4:17
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    Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto
    3:04
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    Little Drummer Boy (Interlude)
    1:36
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    Little Drummer Boy
    4:22
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    Home for the Holidays (featuring Gavin DeGraw)
    3:47
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    Tis the Season
    3:38
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    What Do the Lonely Do at Christmas
    4:09
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    Coming Home
    3:20
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    Away in a Manger (Interlude)
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    Away in a Manger
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    Please Come Home for Christmas
    2:56
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    The Christmas Song (featuring Chaka Khan)
    3:34
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    Spirit of Love
    4:33

Back To Love

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    Back to Love
    3:20
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    Writing on the Wall
    3:28
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    Woo
    3:15
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    Pray for Me
    4:40
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    Best of Me
    3:46
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    Never Let Go
    3:40
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    Mad
    3:43
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    I'll Wait (To Fall in Love)
    4:15
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    Sucka for You
    4:19
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    Baby Girl
    3:34
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    Who's Loving You
    3:47
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    Life Has a Way
    4:15

Before Anthony Hamilton laid down the gospel as an R&B singer, the Charlotte, North Carolina native found his calling as a member of the church choir. “It’s like that feeling you get hearing somebody else lead that made me start to really pay attention to music, not just sonically but what it did to people,” says Hamilton, who began singing at six or seven years old. An introvert raised with his brother and sister by a single mother (his father left when he was nine years old), Hamilton found comfort in a foam-covered speaker while dreaming of stardom. “I was a child who had a very wide imagination and I would become the song. I used to listen to “Ben” by Michael Jackson a lot and I would dream like one day I’m gonna become a famous singer. I said that over and over again for years and I always believed it.”

Over two decades worth of label changes later (past deals included Uptown, MCA, Atlantic Records, Soulife Records, Andre Harrell’s Harrell Entertainment and Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def Recordings), Hamilton has found his happy place on RCA Records. Following up 2011’s Grammy-nominated effort Back To Love and his 2014 Christmas offering Home For The Holidays, the R&B cantor maintains his Southern sensibility and poignant songwriting on his fifth studio effort What I’m Feelin.’ Its lead single “Amen” — a melodic love note produced by Salaam Remi and James Poyser, praises a special lady’s efforts. “’Amen’ is just celebrating the beauty that a woman makes you feel, not just physical attributes, but the fact that she works, she goes to church, prays for you, cooks, cleans, just all those things that a woman brings to the table,” Hamilton explains.

The 12-track offering is also an emotional cleanse for the musician, who announced his divorce from his wife of nearly 10 years in 2015. “Anytime you spend that much time with someone, there’s a long connection that you have and even though it seems like you’re moving on, you’re still tied to the person,” he says who dedicates the reflective track “Walk In My Shoes” to his ex-wife. “I’m tellin my wife like you gotta be me, my past and all the things that shape me, all my fears, and whatever it is I’ve been through that made me the man that I was and hindered me from being the man that I wanted to be.” On other standouts like the melodic “What I’m Feelin’,” Hamilton opens up about the struggles of letting go. “We get into these relationships and sabotage them because of a fear of creating the unknown, the beautiful, the peace and a place where you can let go,” he says. “Being able to totally let go is something I look forward to doing.” 

Recording majority of the What I’m Feelin’ in Nashville, TN at the iconic Blackbird and House of Blues studios, Hamilton reunited with longtime collaborator, Mark Batson, who produced some of his biggest hits including 2003 Platinum smash, “Charlene” along with his close engineer Bruce Irvine. The celebratory set showcases life’s highs more than the lows. In addition, Hamilton recruited guitar heroes Vince Gill for the country-leaning “Never Letting Go” and Grammy Award winner Gary Clark Jr. on the worldly “Ain’t No Shame.” On the latter, Hamilton belts, “Time waits for no one/ Ain’t no shame in playing hard,” as a PSA to never settle. “There are people that never experience anything outside their front porches,” he says. “Get off the front porch, walk in the yard and I’m sure you’ll find something that’s beautiful.”

Hamilton is known for flipping heartbreak into a blessing as heard on his biggest ballad “Charlene.” After a significant relationship had ended, he left his one-bedroom brownstone apartment in Harlem on 146th Street and Convent Avenue and took the train to 33rd Street to meet with producer Batson at a Manhattan recording studio. “My record deal [at the time], I was pretty much trying to get off. I remember I didn’t have a lot of money. At that time, I was heartbroken,” he reflects. “I just poured my heart out and [“Charlene”] was one of the songs that came out of it.” He notes that his soulful formula stays consistent with What I’m Feelin’, even on a personal level. “I’m fully capable of taking from a broken place and truly turning it into something amazing,” says Hamilton confidently. “I’m truly capable of loving in spite of my situation. I think I still have a fear of letting go to a degree and I think there’s preparations I need to do to get there. I’m not done yet.”

Hamilton’s decorated catalog includes his 2003 debut, Comin’ From Where I’m From (which carried the hit title track), 2005’s Ain’t Nobody Worryin’ among other efforts. He has earned several Grammy nominations, like “Po’ Folks,” the 2002 Nappy Roots collaboration that earned a nod for best rap/sung collaboration, and won his first trophy in 2009 for best traditional R&B vocal performance for his duet with Al Green on “You’ve Got The Love I Need.” He has also lent his vocals to a variety of talent includingNas, Rick Ross, Carlos Santana, Jill Scott, Tupac, and Al Green to name a few. His first album in over five years, What I’m Feelin’, will be released via RCA Records on March 25th.

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