Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Anthony Hamilton set to release holiday album

Last winter when I spoke to Grammy winning Charlotte-based soul singer Anthony Hamilton about his most recent Grammy nomination, he mentioned he was working on a Christmas album. That album, "Home for the Holidays" will be released October 21 on RCA Records.

Hamilton's first Christmas album features six original songs including "Spend Christmas With You," "Coming Home," and "Tis the Season" as well as collaborations with fellow Grammy winners Chaka Khan and Gavin DeGraw and hot young soul singer-songwriter ZZ Ward. There are standards like "Little Drummer Boy" and "Away in a Manger" (featuring Ward). He also covers James Brown's "Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto" and Chicago soul girl group the Emotions' "What do the Lonely Do at Christmas."

"This album is for the people who really love the holidays and what feelings they bring. For the families that get together and love a good time," said the father of six. "I wanted to remember every joyful, wholesome, tender, raw moment you feel during the holidays. I feel like some of the things we enjoy most, we can only feel with our hearts. Having an emotional connection to this project was essential because I want my fans to be moved by the music and associate each song with a time where no other feelings mattered but love."

Hamilton returned to Charlotte after kickstarting his singing career in New York in the `90s. He was a backup singer for D'Angelo before breaking out as a guest artist on Nappy Roots' 2002 hit "Po' Folks." He's released six albums since then, including his latest Grammy nominee "Back to Love."