As Louisvillians can tell by the flowers they ordered or the ones they’ve received, Valentine’s Day begins a potentially romantic weekend full of gifts, flora and music. The music comes in the form of R&B crooner Anthony Hamilton on Saturday, February 15 at 8pm at the Louisville Palace.
The 43 year old Hamilton has a strong connection to Louisville from his work with the legendary hip hop cooperative Nappy Roots. Though he grew up singing in his Charlotte, North Carolina church, he made his entry into the mainstream music scene by singing the chorus on the 2002 Grammy nominated single “Po’ Folks.”
“Po’ Folks” was the second release from “Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz,” an album that achieved multiple platinum status. The collaboration continued as Hamilton had substantial contributions to other Nappy Roots songs like “Sick & Tired” from the “Wooden Leather” album and “Down ’N’ Out” from “The Humdinger.”
All the while, Hamilton was forging a solo career. His first album was released in 1996 and didn’t register with the public in any meaningful way. By 2003, he achieved his own platinum status from his second collection “Coming From Where I’m From” which gave him two strong hits including the title track and its second single “Charlene.”
His team ups with hip hop artists continued. He sang on rapper Jadakiss’s hit “Why,” which secured another Grammy nomination. All of his songs feature a gruff yet smooth delivery dripping with what the old school used to call soul. Beyond that, his song selection has consistently been stellar with an emotional weight that touches his fans.
His impressive body of work includes other certified hits like “Can’t Let Go,” “Cool,” “The Point of it All” and “So In Love,” a duet with Jill Scott. According to his website, when you add up his solo album sales and the team ups that he’s famous for, Hamilton has sold more than 19 million albums.
As with most crooners, the subject is love. Using that formula, Hamilton has netted 4 Soul Train Award nominations, 3 NAACP Image Award nominations and 7 other Grammy nominations that included a win with the duet “You’ve Got the Love I Need” performed with Al Green.
Seems like that could be the centerpiece of the evening as couples and singles enjoy a romantic evening with Hamilton in downtown Louisville. Leela James opens the show.