Surviving the test of time, Anthony Hamilton will soon gift his fans with yet another compilation bearing his heart and soul. Millions across the globe have bought his albums, falling deeply in love with raw, passionate notes that tell a story so familiar that it belongs to us all. His new album, "What I'm Feelin'," merges a life-long journey with a musical evolution that never once sacrifices his roots.
"I was an introvert growing up," said the Grammy Award winner. "I had a wild imagination and I would dream a lot." These dreams included earning the world's admiration, dominating the stage with a voice part deep, part smooth, all captivating. With "Charlene" setting the scene in 2003, he became the narrator of "love." His debut LP, "Coming from Where I'm From," created an undeniable connection with fans who related to the yearning, understood the pain, and hoped for a life with "the one."
With seven widely released albums paving the way, the new project stays true to his core yet explores the depths of where this gifted voice can flow. His first single "Amen," produced by Salaam Remi and James Poyser, celebrates the beauty of a woman in true Anthony style. "It's not just about her physical attributes," he noted. "It's about appreciating everything she brings to the table from going to work, cooking for you, praying for you, and loving you from an authentic place."
And it's his authenticity and honest depiction of the average man's woes that keep the audience searching for him year after year. Another track from the new album, "Walk in my Shoes," reminds us that no one is immune to mistakes, trials, and defeats. His vocals perfectly convey a pain so deep, that the song leaves little room for misinterpretation.
With the majority of the tracks produced by Mark Batson, "What I'm Feelin'" has purposeful moments like the up-tempo "Take You Home" fueled by his upbringing in the church. "The lead singer in the choir and the pastor were super heroes because of how they made you feel," he recounted of his early years. "It's a feeling you get when you hear someone lead that just inspires."
Although his voice belongs to the world having worked with icons like D'Angelo and 2Pac, his vocals still serve as North Carolina's soundtrack. Even in the presence of longstanding, global celebration, humility remains his greatest asset. "It means so much that people are still seeking me after so many years without an album coming out," he shared. "They could have moved on." In the five-year span between his last album "Back to Love" and "What I'm Feelin'," Anthony released his first holiday album and even made a guest appearance on the Fox hit show EMPIRE, one of the highest rated episodes of the season.
This spiritual vessel takes nothing for granted and believes that his "heaven sent" talent results from God's plan for his life. He continues to grow while always focusing on what fans want. "There are slight shifts you can make but you just can't leave the people," he said. "If we gon' ride together, we gon' ride together." And oh what a ride it has been.