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About Anthony Hamilton

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About Anthony Hamilton

Born & Raised:

Born: Jan. 28, 1971 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Raised in North Carolina.

Early Life & Career:

Getting his start at age ten singing in his church choir, Hamilton also performed as a teenager at various nightclubs and talent shows. In 1993, he moved to New York City, eventually signing with Uptown Records, which was at the time 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 then signed with MCA and recorded his largely overlooked 1996 album, XTC. Eventually he found himself at the Soulife label.

Soulife:

It was at Soulife (which was run by some of the singer's old Charlotte friends), that Hamilton laid down tracks for another solo album and also wrote songs for such artists as Donell Jones and Sunshine Anderson. Eventually however, Soulife went belly-up too. So with a second album unreleased, Hamilton spent the next two years selling songs and singing backup for artists. Then, in 2002 a lead spot singing on the Nappy Roots track "Po' Folks" garnered Hamilton some much-needed attention.

Mainstream Success:

"Po' Folks" 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 between Hamilton and producer Jermaine Dupri, who quickly signed the singer to his So So Def label. Technically his fourth album, Comin' from Where I'm From was released by So So Def in 2003. In 2005, some of his Soulife recordings were released as the album Soulife, and the all-new album Ain't Nobody Worryin' followed later that year.

Discography:

2011: Popularity.
2008: The Point of It All.
2007: Southern Comfort.
2005: Ain't Nobody Worryin'.
2005: Soulife.
2003: Comin' From Where I'm From.
1996: XTC.

Awards Won:

2009: Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance Grammy (with Al Green) for "You've Got the Love I Need."

Notable Quote:

"I can say things without offending anyone, but if it's the truth and you're offended, then I don't feel bad about that. I mean, if you're offending someone intentionally, just to be a butthole, then that's different. But I'm speaking the truth, and if the shoe fits, then you have to wear it. And if it's a little tight, that's not my fault. I just call it like I see it." -- Anthony Hamilton, to MSN Music.

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