Anthony Cornelius Hamilton, born January 28, 1971, is an iconic soul and R&B genre in his own right despite his extensive collaborations with other incredible artists in those genres. Hamilton began singing as a child in his local church choir and his school’s choir. After moving to New York to pursue a career in music, the singer signed his first record deal and began writing for and performing with other artists. He began releasing solo music several years after signing his first record deal and soared to popularity on the soul and R&B charts. Despite his success as a solo artist, he continued collaborating with other artists on their music projects and several popular film soundtracks. Celebrate Hamilton here today on his birthday.
Anthony Cornelius Hamilton
January 28, 1971
Anthony Cornelius Hamilton was born on January 28, 1971, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Hamilton began singing in his local church choir when he was a teenager. During his time at South Mecklenburg High School, he sang for his school’s choir, which won several awards. After meeting orchestral flutist and producer Mark Sparks in 1992, Hamilton relocated to New York and signed with Andre Harrell’s record label, Uptown Records.
In 1999, he co-wrote Donell Jones’s hit song, ‘U Know What’s Up.’ The following year, he joined soul singer D’Angelo as a backup singer on the promotional tour for DD’Angelo’s album “Voodoo.” In 2003, he released his album “Comin’ Where I’m From,” which earned him nominations for the BET Awards, the Grammy Awards, the N.A.A.C.P. Image Awards, and the Soul Train Music Awards. He contributed to several other artists’ music throughout the early 2000s, such as rapper Jadakiss, jazz musician Roy Anthony Hargrove, and blues singer Buddy Guy. In 2009, he won his first Grammy Award for his song ‘You’ve Got The Love I Need’ with Al Green in the ‘Best Traditional R&B Performance’ category.
In the early 2010s, Hamilton began working with many artists signed to Def Jam Recordings, such as rappers Big K.R.I.T. and Nas. He contributed vocals for the latter artist’s album, “Life is Good,” which debuted at the top position on the Billboard 200. In 2016, Hamilton released his sixth studio album entitled “What I’m Feeling,” which reached the second-most top position on the Billboard R.&.B. chart, making it his best-performing album to date.
Hamilton signs with Uptown Records after relocating to New York.
Hamilton collaborates with Jones on his hit song ‘U Know What’s Up.’
Hamilton performs backup vocals on the promotional tour for D’Angelo’s album “Voodoo.”
Hamilton releases “Comin’ Where I’m From” to critical acclaim, and the album reaches platinum status.
Hamilton wins his first Grammy Award for his song ‘You’ve Got The Love I Need’ with Al Green in the ‘Best Traditional R&B Performance’ category.
Hamilton’s sixth studio album, “What I’m Feeling,” reaches number two on the Billboard R&B chart, making it his best-performing album.
Why We Love Anthony Hamilton
He has a children’s charity
Hamilton has a foundation called The Giving Back Fund. One division of the fund is Take A Step To Elevate (TASTE) which works to empower disadvantaged communities.
He uses his music for good
Hamilton is a proud supporter of social justice movements, specifically fighting racism. He is an outspoken critic of American police brutality against people of color and strives to use his music as a medium to spread important social messages.
He is committed to his faith
Having grown up in the church in a conservative state, Hamilton is a devout Christian. He has credited his faith as being the main factor in his job success
5 Surprising Facts
He was in “American Gangster”
Hamilton helped create the soundtrack for Ridley Scott’s legendary biographical crime drama.
He sang for Barack Obama
Hamilton performed as part of a Ray Charles tribute at the former president’s event, In Performance at the White House.
He’s a father of twins
Hamilton has six children with his wife, Tarsha McMillan, two of whom are twin boys.
He made music for Quentin Tarantino
The singer produced part of the soundtrack for the iconic director’s western film “Django Unchained.”
He’s also an actor
Hamilton has starred in Fox’s hit music drama T.V. show “Empire.”
Anthony Hamilton FAQs
Did Anthony Hamilton's wife and he reconcile?
They appear to have split amicably, and they will continue to work together professionally.
Does Anthony Hamilton sing gospel?
Although Hamilton is best known for soul, he has made music in the gospel genre.
Who is Anthony Hamilton’s backup singers?
They’re a group called the HamilTones, which consists of three male vocalists.
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