GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Anthony Hamilton recently participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview, discussing his biggest career moments, receiving a GRAMMY nomination for his latest album, Back To Love, and future projects, among other topics.
"Creatively, I'd like to achieve not only being an artist but being a businessman and having my own music home … producing groups, developing acts [and] being on that end of things," said Hamilton. "[I want to be] in a few more movies … [I] probably wouldn't have to work as hard if I get one of those movie checks [laughs]."
Since the release of his 1996 debut album, XTC, North Carolina native Hamilton's gravelly tone has been compared to fellow soul singers Bill Withers and Bobby Womack. After performing as a background singer on GRAMMY winner D'Angelo's Voodoo tour, Hamilton created buzz as a featured vocalist on Nappy Roots' 2002 hit, "Po' Folks," which earned him a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. In 2003 Hamilton's sophomore effort, Comin' From Where I'm From, peaked at No. 33 on the Billboard 200 and earned three GRAMMY nominations, including Best R&B Song for the album's title track. Hamilton followed with 2005's Soulife (No. 12) and Ain't Nobody Worryin' (No. 19) and 2007's Southern Comfort, which peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart.
In 2008 Hamilton's collaboration with Al Green on "You've Got The Love I Need," featured on Green's album Lay It Down, earned Hamilton his first career GRAMMY for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. In 2009 Hamilton released The Point Of It All and followed with his most recent album, 2011's Back To Love, which both peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 and earned GRAMMY nominations for Best R&B Album. In 2012 Hamilton teamed with Elayna Boynton on "Freedom," a featured track on the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's Academy Award-winning film, Django Unchained.