Anthony Hamilton’s ride to a favored place in the hearts of soul lovers has been bumpy, rewarding and ultimately successful. In the ‘90s he saw his career stall twice with two different labels managing to stay in the business by selling songs and singing back-up for people like D’Angelo. Eventually his church trained voice found recognition on the Nappy Roots singles “Po’ Folks” and “Sick And Tired” By the time his official solo album came out in 2003 his former boss’s stud physique was no longer crowding the video channels and Maxwell was on hiatus. Hamilton’s rustic look and unassuming love songs were different from the modernistic GQ loveman Usher or the carnal R.Kelly. He chooses not to reinvent R&B but admits to an admiration for the work of ’70s soul stars Bill Withers and Bobby Womack. And there are others including Curtis Mayfield that spring up in his songs but those influences do not obscure the singular character of his voice that is always compared to the home cooking of his southern background. The ebbs and flows of his career have lead to the explanatory fifth album entitled The Point Of It All. “Cool,” the first single with David Banner put him in another collaboration with a southern rap artist and producer who also worked with Nappy Roots on their ’04 album. Success has not changed his style and there is no expectation for Hamilton to copy fleeting flavors; the new album is as self-contained as his past work. In this interview the singer answered questions while trying on new shoes and talked about the genesis of the project, romance, his wife’s artistry and future developments including a blues album. He also commented on his love for Al Green who he worked with on Green’s last album.
As far as the Point Of It All why do you sing and keep on singing?
That’s who I am who God intended for me to be one big ball of music.