Anthony Hamilton (musician)
|Birth name||Anthony Hamilton|
January 28, 1971 (age 44)|
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, record producer|
|Labels||RCA, MCA, So So Def, Zomba, Arista|
|Associated acts||Nappy Roots, Nelly, Kanye West, 2Pac, Jill Scott, Jadakiss, Twista|
Anthony Cornelius Hamilton (born January 28, 1971, Charlotte, North Carolina.) is an American 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". He is also known for the song "Freedom" from the soundtrack album of Django Unchained cowritten and sung as a duo with indie soul singer Elayna Boynton.
Hamilton started singing in his church's choir at age ten. He attended South Mecklenburg High School where he sang in their award winning choir under the direction of Mark Setzer. In 1993, he left Charlotte and headed to New York City, where he signed with Andre Harrell's Uptown Records. Hamilton also 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.
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 Anthony Hamilton also have a song together called "Bluegrass Stain'd" with Mark Ronson that was released through Elektra Records.
2004 to present
Hamilton was featured on Jadakiss' 2004 hit "Why" (which was also nominated for "Best Rap/Song Collaboration", in 2005) and two of 2Pac's remixed songs. Hamilton also 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 also appeared on Angie Stone's "Stay For A While" in 2004. He also made a guest appearance on blues singer-guitarist Buddy Guy's 2005 album Bring 'Em In, contributing vocals to a cover of Bob Dylan's 1969 "Lay Lady Lay," which also 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 also 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 also 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.
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.
On November 2, 2010, Hamilton and his wife Tarsha welcomed twin boys. He is also the father of Anthony, Romeiro, and Tristen. On his official Facebook page on June 11, 2012, Hamilton announced the birth of another son, Princeton Harris Hamilton.
- 1996: XTC
- 2003: Comin' From Where I'm From
- 2005: Soulife
- 2005: Ain't Nobody Worryin'
- 2007: Southern Comfort
- 2008: The Point Of It All
- 2011: Back to Love
- 2014: Home for the Holidays
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||US
|2003||"Comin' from Where I'm From"||—||60||—||—||—||Comin' from Where I'm From|
|2005||"Can't Let Go"||71||13||—||—||—||Ain't Nobody Worryin'|
|2006||"Sista Big Bones"||—||51||—||—||—|
|2007||"Struggle No More (The Main Event)"
(featuring Jaheim and Musiq Soulchild)
|—||32||—||—||—||Daddy's Little Girls soundtrack|
|"Do You Feel Me"||—||61||—||—||—||American Gangster soundtrack|
|2008||"Cool" (featuring David Banner)||79||19||—||—||—||The Point of It All|
|2009||"The Point of It All"||—||19||—||—||—|
|2011||"Woo"||—||24||—||—||—||Back to Love|
|"I'll Wait (To Fall In Love)"||—||77||—||—||—|
|2012||"Pray for Me"||122||21||—||—||—|
|2013||"Best of Me"||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Freedom" (with Elayna Boynton)||—||—||46||28||32||Django Unchained soundtrack|
|2002||"Thugz Mansion" (2Pac featuring Anthony Hamilton)||—||111||Better Dayz|
|2002||"Po' Folks" (Nappy Roots featuring Anthony Hamilton)||21||13||Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz|
|2003||"Sunshine" (Twista featuring Anthony Hamilton)||—||—||Kamikaze|
|2004||"Stay for a While" (Angie Stone featuring Anthony Hamilton)||—||70||Stone Love|
|"Why" (Jadakiss featuring Anthony Hamilton)||11||4||Kiss of Death|
|2005||"Can I Live?" (Nick Cannon featuring Anthony Hamilton)||—||—||Non-album single|
|2006||"Hustler's Dream" (The Game featuring Anthony Hamilton)||—||—||(unreleased)|
|2007||"I'm Not Perfect" (J. Moss featuring Anthony Hamilton)||—||111||V2... The J. Moss Project|
|2008||"Down N' Out" (Nappy Roots featuring Anthony Hamilton)||—||91||The Humdinger|
|2011||"So In Love" (Jill Scott featuring Anthony Hamilton)||97||10||The Light of the Sun|
|1994||"Flipped It"||Kirk||Makin' Moves|
|1995||"Wherever You Are"
"I Will Go"
|1997||"Pay Attention"||Cru||Da Dirty 30|
|"Things We Be Doin' for Money, Pt. 2"||Busta Rhymes||When Disaster Strikes|
|1998||"Hold Your Head Up"||Heltah Skeltah||Magnum Force|
|1999||"On Da Grind"||JT Money||Pimpin' On Wax|
|2001||"Last Night"||Sunshine Anderson||Your Woman|
|2002||"The Gambler"||Xzibit||Man vs. Machine|
|"Twisted"||Santana||All That I Am|
|"Thugz Mansion" (7 Remix)||2pac||Better Dayz|
|2003||"I Was the One"||Da Brat||Limelite, Luv & Niteclubz|
|"Can I Live"||Nick Cannon||Nick Cannon|
|"Bluegrass Stain'd"||Mark Ronson||Here Comes the Fuzz|
|"'Bout to Get Ugly"|
|"Push On"||Nappy Roots||Wooden Leather|
|"Sick and Tired"|
|"Kwah/Home"||The RH Factor||Hard Groove|
|2004||"Make It Home"||Spitfiya||BarberShop 2: Back in Business soundtrack|
|"Ghetto Show"||Talib Kweli||The Beautiful Struggle|
|2005||"Around the World"||Lina||The Inner Beauty Movement|
|"Long Time"||Ying Yang Twins||U.S.A. (United State of Atlanta)|
|"Sunshine to the Rain"||Miri Ben-Ari||The Hip-Hop Violinist|
|"She Was Just a Friend"|
|"Lay Lady Lay"||Buddy Guy||Bring 'Em In|
|"Carolina Pride"||Nomb||Smoke in the City|
|"Can I Live"||Nick Cannon||Stages|
|"More"||Syleena Johnson||Chapter 3: The Flesh|
|"Some Kind of Wonderful"||Anthony Hamilton||In the Mix Soundtrack|
|"Since I Seen U"||3160011||Sex, Money, and Clubs|
|"Bad On You"||Sy Smith||The Syberspace Social|
|2006||"Dear Life"||Anthony Hamilton||Step Up (Original Soundtrack)|
|"Hustler's Dream"||The Game||Doctor's Advocate (unreleased track)|
|"Let's Ride"||Young Buck||Welcome To The Traphouse|
|"Dear Mama" (Frank Nitty Remix)||2pac||Pac's Life|
|"Since I Seen't U (Be Wit You)"||Splitzide||2 Sides of the Story|
|2007||"Losing You"||Keyshia Cole||Just Like You|
|"Nowhere Fast"||Josh Turner||Everything Is Fine|
|"How We Feel"||Chingy||Hate It or Love It|
|"The Cleanse"||The Bottom Dwellerz||Cracks of the Concrete|
|"Silent Night"||Boney James||This Christmas Soundtrack|
|2008||"Baby Boy, Baby Girl"||Mint Condition||E-Life|
|"Silence Kills"||Tarsha' McMillian Hamilton||The McMillian Story|
|"Lay It Down"||Al Green||Lay It Down|
|"You've Got the Love I Need"|
|"Everything"||Young Jeezy||The Recession|
|"Home"||John Rich||Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1|
|2012||"Porchlight"||Big K.R.I.T.||Live from the Underground|
|"World's An Addiction"||Nas||Life Is Good|
|"Bleed The Same Blood"||Busta Rhymes, Maino||Year of the Dragon|
|"Freedom"||Anthony Hamilton & Elayna Boynton||Django Unchained: Original Soundtrack|
|2013||"The Come Up"||Ace Hood||Trials & Tribulations|
|"Never Surrender"||DJ Khaled||Suffering from Success|
|2015||"That One"||Teedra Moses||Cognac & Conversation|
Awards and nominations
- BET Awards
- 2006, BET J Cool Like Dat Award (Winner)
- 2006, Best Male R&B Artist (Nominated)
- 2005, Best Male R&B Artist (Nominated)
- 2005, Best Collaboration: (Nominated)
- 2004, Best Male R&B Artist (Nominated)
- 2004, Best New Artist (Nominated)
- Critics Choice Awards
- 2008, Best Song: "Do You Feel Me" (Nominated)
- Grammy Awards
- 2013, Best R&B Song: "Pray For Me" (Nominated)
- 2013, Best R&B Album: Back To Love (Nominated)
- 2010, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: "The Point Of It All" (Nominated)
- 2010, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: "Soul Music" (Nominated)
- 2010, Best R&B Album: "The Point Of It All" (Nominated)
- 2009, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: "You've Got The Love I Need" with Al Green (Winner)
- Image Awards
- 2005, Outstanding Song: "Charlene" (Nominated)
- 2005, Outstanding Male Artist: "Charlene" (Nominated)
- 2004, Outstanding New Artist: "Comin' From Where I'm From" (Nominated)
- MOBO Awards
- 2006, Best Reggae (Nominated)
- Soul Train Awards
- 2006, Favorite Male R&B/Soul Album: Soulife (Nominated)
- 2005, Favorite Male R&B/Soul Single: "Charlene" (Nominated)
- 2004, Favorite Male R&B/Soul Single: "Comin' From Where I'm From" (Nominated)
- 2004, Favorite Male R&B/Soul Album: Comin' From Where I'm From (Nominated)
- Vibe Music Awards
- 2004, Best Collaboration (Winner)
- 2004, Vibe Next Award (Winner)
- 2004, R&B Song of the Year: "Charlene" (Nominated)
- Harrington, Richard (May 5, 2006). "Anthony Hamilton: Concerts and Music Events". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- "Tag Archives: Anthony Hamilton". article. rnbchronicles.com. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
- Anthony Hamilton Biography | The Official Anthony Hamilton Site
- Black History Month: Grammy Award-Winning Anthony Hamilton to Lecture, Perform
- Anthony Hamilton - Credits : AllMusic
- Nappy Roots Feat. Anthony Hamilton - "Down 'N Out" | The Smoking Section
- "Gold & Platinum - February 25, 2011". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-02-26.
- Nas, Life Is Good | XXL
- "Ben Pearce -- What I Might Do Lyrics". Genius.com. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
- "Singer Anthony Hamilton to Be a Dad!". UsMagazine.com.
- LesCharts.com Anthony Hamilton discography on SNEP, France
- R&R :: Going For Adds :: Urban AC
- "Kirk - Makin' Moves". studio album. allmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
- "Kirk - Makin' Moves". studio album. discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-03-30.