Success has not spoiled Anthony Hamilton. His refreshing, keep-it-real attitude is still intact -- even after selling 1.2 million copies of his debut album, "Coming From Where I'm From."
Success has not spoiled Anthony Hamilton. His refreshing, keep-it-real attitude is still intact -- even after selling 1.2 million copies of his debut album, "Coming From Where I'm From," and rubbing musical elbows with the likes of Carlos Santana, the Game and Buddy Guy.
"I don't get it twisted," Hamilton says during a photo shoot in New York for his sophomore release, "Ain't Nobody Worryin'," due this week via So So Def/Zomba. That approach has served Hamilton well during a nearly 11-year odyssey that took him through five different labels before landing at Jermaine Dupri's formerly Arista-distributed So So Def. And it is the attitude he brought to the studio while prepping to record the new album.
"I didn't want to stray too far," the recently married Hamilton says. "You can lose your audience that way. I just wanted to make sure the songs were good enough for me to listen to. I'm very picky. It may sound cocky, but I'm a fan of my voice. I don't want to hear any crap."
In addition to working again with songwriter/producer Mark Batson, Hamilton also collaborated with Raphael Saadiq, Kelvin Wooten, Dre & Vidal and James Poyser. Between albums, Hamilton suffered a setback when he "blew a gasket" and bruised his vocal cords. On doctor's orders, he was told to remain silent for three months. "Once I did that, I recorded four major songs for the album in one week," he says.