Anthony Hamilton 'Full Of Life' On Next Album
With his involvement in "American Gangster" putting him on the big screen, R&B singer Anthony Hamilton is preparing to unleash his next album on the world in 2008.With his involvement in "American Gangster" putting him on the big screen, R&B singer Anthony Hamilton is preparing to unleash his next album on the world in 2008.
The set, tentatively titled "Me," is due Feb. 5 and will "make a statement," Hamilton tells Billboard.com. "I always felt my third album was going to be my best one. I don't think I'm going to let myself down or the people down. It's a nice transition; you can just see my growth from the first one and the second one to this one."
Hamilton says fans will find songs that are "full of life and situations we all go through, the changes of men and women and relationships with God and family and children -- and the political side of Anthony Hamilton that I speak out on in certain situations."
Among his social commentaries are "Home," a soldier's message to his wife that Hamilton co-wrote with his wife, Tarsha McMillan Hamilton, and "Who Left the Gate Open?," which looks at the role of parenting (or lack thereof) in creating "the wild, untamed people ... who raise so much hell in the world."
Other songs on the album include "Souls on Fire," "Praying For You," "Cool" and "Me." He recently cut a new song, "Love," and is still working in the studio, but expects to be done by the end of November and mixing and mastering in December.
Meanwhile, Hamilton can be heard dueting with Keyshia Cole on "Losing You," which he co-wrote for her new album, "Just Like You"; with country singer Josh Turner on "Nowhere Fast" from his new album, "Everything is Fine"; and with rapper Chingy on "They Don't Know" from ""Hate It or Love It," which comes out Dec. 11. Hamilton also appears on saxophonist Boney James' new holiday album, "Christmas Present."
But he's most stoked about "American Gangster." Hamilton recorded two songs for the soundtrack -- which comes out Tuesday -- the Diane Warren-written "Do You Feel Me" and "Stone Cold," which he co-wrote with Hank Schocklee. He also performs "Do You Feel Me" during a scene in the movie.
"I think it's a great opportunity for people to see me in a different light," he says, "not video but on a big, mega-screen, and to be connected with such amazing talent. It puts a little shine on my dusty texture. My velvet bow tie looks a little patent leather right now."