Steppers Song Of The Day] Clearly by Anthony Hamilton #stepperssongoftheday
soul singer who drew comparisons to such classic vocalists as Bill
Withers and Bobby Womack, Anthony Hamilton struggled
for the better part of the 1990s as two of his albums went unreleased.
While he didn't always get the label support his talent deserved,
Hamilton established himself during the 2000s as one of the rawest, most
singular, and relatable voices in R&B. He did so while racking up
several Top Ten R&B albums and a handful of Grammy nominations.
Singing in church since he was 10 years old, Hamilton’s natural talent—
rich, soul-steeped vocals breathing sonorous life into emotion-packed
lyrics—has earned him a reputation as an "artist’s artist."
He counts guest stints on a diverse roster of projects from Dr. Dre
and Young Jeezy to Keyshia Cole, Josh Turner, Santana and
John Rich (Big & Rich). Between his own album sales and
collaborations, Hamilton has sold more than 19.6 million albums.
In 1993, while in his early twenties, he moved to New York City, where
he signed with Andre Harrell's Uptown Records, a major source of the new
jack swing sound and 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 moved to MCA and was finally able to release that debut album,
XTC, in 1996. Only one song, "Nobody Else," was released
as a single; the song peaked at number 63 on Billboard's R&B chart, and
the disc quickly disappeared from view.
Another transitional period followed. Hamilton joined Soulife, an
upstart venture run by some of his old Charlotte friends. While there,
he laid down tracks for another solo album and wrote songs for Donell
Jones and Sunshine Anderson. In 2000, he accepted an
invitation to sing backup vocals on D'Angelo's Voodoo tour and
traveled the world. Upon returning home, Hamilton discovered that
Soulife had also gone belly up. More Below
With a second album unreleased, Hamilton spent the next two years
selling songs and singing backup for artists including 2Pac and
Eve. Then, in 2002 a lead spot singing on the Nappy Roots track "Po'
Folks" garnered Hamilton some much-needed attention, as the song 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 with
producer Jermaine Dupri, who signed the singer to his So So Def
label. Technically his fourth album, Comin' from Where I'm From
bowed for So So Def in 2003 and featured "Charlene," a
classic-sounding Southern soul ballad that reached number three on the
R&B chart. In 2005, some of his Soulife recordings were dusted
off and polished up for release as Soulife, and the new album
Ain't Nobody Worryin' followed later in the year. It was Hamilton's
third consecutive Top Ten R&B album. Southern Comfort, released
in 2007, was another set of previously unreleased recordings.
The Point of It All, a proper studio release, was issued near the close
of 2008. It was overshadowed by Hamilton's contribution to Al Green's "You've
Got the Love I Need," which won a 2009 Grammy for Best Traditional
R&B Vocal Performance that is, until the following Grammy ceremony, when
the set received a nomination for Best Traditional R&B Album, with two
of its songs also nominated in separate categories. Back to Love
followed in 2011.
Anthony Hamilton - Back To Love (Best Of Me)
Anthony Hamilton - Change Your World
Anthony Hamilton - Charlene
Anthony Hamilton - Clearly
Anthony Hamilton - Comin from Where I'm At
Anthony Hamilton - Day Dreamin
Anthony Hamilton - Do It All For You
Anthony Hamilton - I wanna be with you
Anthony Hamilton - Icing On The Cake
Anthony Hamilton - Last Night (ft. Sunshine Anderson)
Anthony Hamilton - Never Love Again
Anthony Hamilton - Scandelous
Anthony Hamilton - Some Kind Of Woman
Anthony Hamilton – Spend Some Time
Anthony Hamilton - Woo
Sources: Wikipedia , anthonyhamilton.com, whosampled.com, Steppers
Music Group, Freebase.com (Matt Collar)
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