Anthony Hamilton (musician)

For those of a similar name, see Anthony Hamilton (disambiguation).
Anthony Hamilton
Birth name Anthony Cornelius Hamilton
Born (1971-01-28) January 28, 1971
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Genres R&B, soul Hip-Hop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, record producer
Years active 1992–present
Labels RCA, MCA, So So Def, Zomba, Arista
Associated acts Nappy Roots, Nelly, Kanye West, Jill Scott, Jadakiss, Twista

Anthony Cornelius Hamilton (born January 28, 1971 in Charlotte, North Carolina.[1]) is an American, Grammy Award winning 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." Nominated for 10 Grammy awards, he is also known for the song "Freedom" from the soundtrack album of Django Unchained co-written and sung as a duo with indie soul singer Elayna Boynton.


Hamilton started singing in his church's choir at age 10. He attended South Mecklenburg High School where he sang in their award winning choir under the direction of Mark Setzer. In 1992, he met producer Mark Sparks who encouraged Hamilton to leave Charlotte and head to New York City where he signed with Andre Harrell's Uptown Records. Hamilton 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. On March 25, 2016, he released his ninth studio album What I'm Feelin' featuring guitarists Gary Clark, Jr. and Vince Gill with tracks produced by Mark Batson, Salaam Remi, and James Poyser.[3] After one week, the project ranked number two on the Billboard R&B chart, representing his highest career debut.[4] Hamilton works with the background singers the HamilTones,[5] often performing soul renditions of Hip-Hop tracks.[6][7]


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.[8] "Po' Folks" is the second single from the multi-platinum Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz album.[9] 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".[10][11] Nappy Roots and Hamilton 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 nominated for the "Best Rap/Song Collaboration" Grammy in 2005) and two of 2Pac's remixed songs. Hamilton 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 appeared on Angie Stone's "Stay For A While" in 2004. He made a guest appearance on blues singer-guitarist Buddy Guy's 2005 album Bring 'Em In, contributing vocals to a cover version of Bob Dylan's 1969 "Lay Lady Lay," which 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 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 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.[12]

In July 2011, Jill Scott released her hit single "So In Love" featuring Hamilton. The track spent 19 weeks at the number one spot on the Urban AC charts.

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.[13] 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".[14] In 2015, Hamilton made a guest appearance on the song "That One", the first single from Teedra Moses' second album Cognac & Conversation.

Further demonstrating his diversity, Hamilton made a cameo appearance on the hit Fox show, EMPIRE, where he performed "Point of It All" as part of main character Luscious Lyon's proposal to his girlfriend.[15] The episode aired February 4, 2015.

On February 24, 2016, Hamilton performed at the last "In Performance at the White House" hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle as part of a tribute to iconic singer Ray Charles.[16] On March 25, he released his 9th studio album "What I'm Feelin," which he describes as an "emotional" cleanse reflecting on some of the hurdles he has faced.[17] Hamilton partnered with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store to release a deluxe version of the album sold online and in stores across the country.[18] On March 28, 2016 Hamilton performed on NPR's critically acclaimed Tiny Desk Concerts where he performed his new single "Amen," "Best of Me," "Cool," and "Charlene." [19] Chris Brown recruited Hamilton to perform on the "Legends" remix to his hit single "Back to Sleep," which was released on April 10, 2016.[20] On April 21st, Hamilton embarked on a nationwide tour with Fantasia.

Personal life

Hamilton has sons Anthony Jr(1989), Romeiro(1991), and Tristen(1997).[21]

Dating since 2003, he married his background singer Tarsha McMillan in 2005.[22] On November 2, 2010, Hamilton and his wife Tarsha welcomed twin boys. On his official Facebook page on June 11, 2012, Hamilton announced the birth of another son, Princeton Harris Hamilton. The couple announced on June 20, 2015, after 10 years of marriage, that they were divorcing.[23]



Studio albums
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales Certification



  • Released: October 29, 1996
  • Label: MCA
Comin' From Where I'm From 33 6
Ain't Nobody Worryin'
  • Released: December 13, 2005
  • Label: So So Def
19 4
The Point of It All
  • Released: December 16, 2008
  • Label: Arista
12 3
Back to Love
  • Released: December 13, 2011
  • Label: RCA
12 3 43 38
Home for the Holidays
  • Released: October 21, 2014
  • Label: RCA
80 8 6
What I'm Feelin'
  • Released: March 25, 2016
  • Label: RCA
15 2
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
Compilation albums
Title Details Peak chart positions

  • Released: June 20, 2005
  • Label: Atlantic
12 4
Southern Comfort 90 13


Year Single Chart positions Album
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 US
1996 "Nobody Else" 63 XTC
2003 "Comin' from Where I'm From" 60 Comin' from Where I'm From
2004 "Charlene" 19 3
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[36]
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
2016 "Amen" What I'm Feelin'
"What I'm Feelin'" (featuring The HamilTones)

Featured singles

Year Single Chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B
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

Other contributions

Year Song Artist Album
1994 "Flipped It"[37][38] Kirk Makin' Moves
1995 "Wherever You Are"

"I Will Go"

Anthony Hamilton

New York Undercover

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
"Ryde Away" Eve Eve-Olution
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)
"Nobody Knows" Nelly Suit
"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
2014 "Water (Remix)" Lil Bibby, Jadakiss Free Crack 2
2015 "That One" Teedra Moses Cognac & Conversation
"Icon" Rick Ross Black Dollar
"Job" August Alsina, Jadakiss This Thing Called Life
2016 "Back to Sleep (Remix)" Chris Brown, Tank, R. Kelly

Awards and nominations

BET Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2004 Anthony Hamilton Best New Artist Nominated
Best Male R&B Artist Nominated
2005 Nominated
"Why" (with Jadakiss) Best Collaboration Nominated
2006 Anthony Hamilton BET J Cool Like Dat Award Won
Best Male R&B Artist Nominated
Critic's Choice Movie Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2007 "Do You Feel Me" Best Song Nominated
Grammy Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2004 "Comin' from Where I'm From" Best Traditional R&B Performance Nominated
"Comin' from Where I'm From" Best R&B Song Nominated
"Comin' from Where I'm From" Best Contemporary R&B Album Nominated
2005 "Charlene" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
2009 "You've Got The Love I Need" (with Al Green) Best Traditional R&B Performance Won
2010 "Soul Music" Best Traditional R&B Performance Nominated
"The Point Of It All" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
"The Point Of It All" Best R&B Album Nominated
2013 "Back To Love" Best R&B Album Nominated
"Pray For Me" Best R&B Song Nominated
NAACP Image Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2004 Anthony Hamilton Outstanding New Artist Nominated
2005 Anthony Hamilton Outstanding Male Artist Nominated
"Charlene" Outstanding Song Nominated
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2006 Himself Best Reggae Nominated
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2004 "Comin' From Where I'm From" Favorite Male R&B/Soul Single Nominated
Comin' From Where I'm From Favorite Male R&B/Soul Album Nominated
2005 "Charlene" Favorite Male R&B/Soul Single Nominated
2006 Soulife Favorite Male R&B/Soul Album Nominated


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