Anthony Hamilton (musician)

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Anthony Hamilton
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Anthony Hamilton (2007)
Background information
Birth nameAnthony Hamilton
Born(1971-01-28)January 28, 1971 (age 43)
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
GenresR&B, soul
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, record producer
Years active1995–present
LabelsRCA, MCA, So So Def, Zomba, Arista
Associated actsNappy Roots, Nelly, Kanye West, 2Pac, Jill Scott, Jadakiss, Twista
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Anthony Hamilton
Anthony Hamilton (2007).jpg
Anthony Hamilton (2007)
Background information
Birth nameAnthony Hamilton
Born(1971-01-28)January 28, 1971 (age 43)
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
GenresR&B, soul
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, record producer
Years active1995–present
LabelsRCA, MCA, So So Def, Zomba, Arista
Associated actsNappy Roots, Nelly, Kanye West, 2Pac, Jill Scott, Jadakiss, Twista

Anthony Cornelius Hamilton (born January 28, 1971, Charlotte, North Carolina.[1]) 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.[2] In 2000, he joined soul singer D'Angelo's international tour in promotion of the Voodoo album, on which he was a backup singer.

Nappy Roots[edit]

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.[3] "Po' Folks" is the second single from the multi-platinum Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz album.[4] 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".[5][6] 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[edit]

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.[7]

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.[8] 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".[9]

Personal life[edit]

On November 2, 2010, Hamilton and his wife Tarsha welcomed twin boys. He is also the father of Anthony, Romeiro, and Tristen.[10] On his official Facebook page on June 11, 2012, Hamilton announced the birth of another son, Princeton Harris Hamilton.




YearSingleChart positionsAlbum
U.S. Billboard Hot 100US
1996"Nobody Else"63XTC
2003"Comin' from Where I'm From"60Comin' from Where I'm From
2005"Can't Let Go"7113Ain't Nobody Worryin'
2006"Sista Big Bones"51
2007"Struggle No More (The Main Event)"
(featuring Jaheim and Musiq Soulchild)
32Daddy's Little Girls soundtrack
"Do You Feel Me"61American Gangster soundtrack[12]
2008"Cool" (featuring David Banner)7919The Point of It All
2009"The Point of It All"19
2011"Woo"24Back to Love
"I'll Wait (To Fall In Love)"77
2012"Pray for Me"12221
2013"Best of Me"
"Freedom" (with Elayna Boynton)462832Django Unchained soundtrack

Featured singles[edit]

YearSingleChart positionsAlbum
U.S.U.S. R&B
2002"Thugz Mansion" (2Pac featuring Anthony Hamilton)111Better Dayz
2002"Po' Folks" (Nappy Roots featuring Anthony Hamilton)2113Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz
2003"Sunshine" (Twista featuring Anthony Hamilton)Kamikaze
2004"Stay for a While" (Angie Stone featuring Anthony Hamilton)70Stone Love
"Why" (Jadakiss featuring Anthony Hamilton)114Kiss 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)111V2... The J. Moss Project
2008"Down N' Out" (Nappy Roots featuring Anthony Hamilton)91The Humdinger
2011"So In Love" (Jill Scott featuring Anthony Hamilton)9710The Light of the Sun

Other contributions[edit]

1994"Flipped It"[13][14]KirkMakin' Moves
1995"Wherever You Are"

"I Will Go"

Anthony Hamilton

New York Undercover

1997"Pay Attention"CruDa Dirty 30
"Things We Be Doin' for Money, Pt. 2"Busta RhymesWhen Disaster Strikes
1998"Hold Your Head Up"Heltah SkeltahMagnum Force
1999"On Da Grind"JT MoneyPimpin' On Wax
2001"Last Night"Sunshine AndersonYour Woman
2002"The Gambler"XzibitMan vs. Machine
"Twisted"SantanaAll That I Am
"Thugz Mansion" (7 Remix)2pacBetter Dayz
"Ryde Away"EveEve-Olution
2003"I Was the One"Da BratLimelite, Luv & Niteclubz
"Can I Live"Nick CannonNick Cannon
"Bluegrass Stain'd"Mark RonsonHere Comes the Fuzz
"'Bout to Get Ugly"
"Push On"Nappy RootsWooden Leather
"Sick and Tired"
"Kwah/Home"The RH FactorHard Groove
2004"Make It Home"SpitfiyaBarberShop 2: Back in Business soundtrack
"Ghetto Show"Talib KweliThe Beautiful Struggle
2005"Around the World"LinaThe Inner Beauty Movement
"Long Time"Ying Yang TwinsU.S.A. (United State of Atlanta)
"Nobody Knows"NellySuit
"Sunshine to the Rain"Miri Ben-AriThe Hip-Hop Violinist
"She Was Just a Friend"
"Lay Lady Lay"Buddy GuyBring 'Em In
"Carolina Pride"NombSmoke in the City
"Can I Live"Nick CannonStages
"More"Syleena JohnsonChapter 3: The Flesh
"Some Kind of Wonderful"Anthony HamiltonIn the Mix Soundtrack
"Since I Seen U"3160011Sex, Money, and Clubs
"Bad On You"Sy SmithThe Syberspace Social
2006"Dear Life"Anthony HamiltonStep Up soundtrack
"Hustler's Dream"The GameDoctor's Advocate (unreleased track)
"Let's Ride"Young BuckWelcome To The Traphouse
"Dear Mama" (Frank Nitty Remix)2pacPac's Life
"Since I Seen't U (Be Wit You)"Splitzide2 Sides of the Story
2007"Losing You"Keyshia ColeJust Like You
"Nowhere Fast"Josh TurnerEverything Is Fine
"How We Feel"ChingyHate It or Love It
"The Cleanse"The Bottom DwellerzCracks of the Concrete
"Silent Night"Boney JamesThis Christmas Soundtrack
2008"Baby Boy, Baby Girl"Mint ConditionE-Life
"Silence Kills"Tarsha' McMillian HamiltonThe McMillian Story
"Lay It Down"Al GreenLay It Down
"You've Got the Love I Need"
"Everything"Young JeezyThe Recession
"Home"John RichRandy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1
2012"Porchlight"Big K.R.I.T.Live from the Underground
"World's An Addiction"NasLife Is Good
"Bleed The Same Blood"Busta Rhymes, MainoYear of the Dragon
"Freedom"Anthony Hamilton & Elayna BoyntonDjango Unchained: Original Soundtrack
2013"The Come Up"Ace HoodTrials & Tribulations
"Never Surrender"DJ KhaledSuffering from Success

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