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Interview:
Anthony Hamilton Promises Shorter Wait For Next Album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Anthony Hamilton knows he tested his fans’ patience by making them wait more than three years for his latest album, 2008’s “The Point of It All.”

He doesn’t plan to make them wait like that again.

The North Carolina-born R&B singer says he has nearly a dozen tracks ready for his next album, co-written with many of his collaborators on “The Point of It All.” But, he notes, “I’m gonna do maybe 12 more and go from there” — and, he promises, go in some different directions.

“It’s gonna be a blues, country, soul, rock kind of album on the next one,” Hamilton, 38, explains. “I want to do something different. I may do some orchestrated stuff. I’m not afraid of it. I have a fan base that loves me enough to trust what I’m giving them. That’s a great place to be.” He also hopes to collaborate with blues-rocker Jonny Lang and country singer Josh Turner, whose 2007 song “Everything is Fine” featured Hamilton.

His wish list also includes B.B. King.

Hamilton — whose musical résumé also includes guest appearances with Angie Stone, Twista, The Game, Young Jeezy and a Grammy Awardwinning spot with Al Green — has recorded a few new features that will be coming out soon, with Nappy Roots and Fonzworth Bentley, as well as with Dr. Dre for the hip-hop auteur’s upcoming album “Detox.”

“I’m just waiting to see if it’s gonna stay or not,” Hamilton says of the latter. “I’m keeping my fingers crossed on that one. He’ll make what he feels is the best for the project. He just looks at the overall body of work, not just songs or individual collaborations, which I think is smart.”



Anthony Hamilton and Musiq Soulchild perform at 8 p.m. Friday (June 12) at the Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway. Tickets are $55.50 and $71. Call (313) 961-3500 or visit www.motopera.org.

Web Site: www.motopera.org

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