Like many R&B artists Anthony Hamilton got has start in the church. Before filling concert halls and singing his many hits including “Amen”, “I’m Cool”, and “The Point of it All”, his audience was in Charlotte, North Carolina’s New Shiloh Baptist Church.
Now Hamilton has returned to his boyhood church in an NPR documentary in which he discusses his stuggle between singing Gospel and secular music.
“I was rebellious,” he says. “I was walking the line [between] the church and the world then. That was my battle. Grandmother, granddaddy and aunts and uncles and everybody else said, ‘Boy, you better go down there. You gonna do something. You need to join the choir because you need to serve the Lord.’”
Hamilton teamed with the his group The Hamiltones during the documentary for the Gospel classic “Amazing Grace!”
Anthony Hamilton is also now recording Gospel music, his duet with Gospel legend Shirley Caesar “It’s Alright, It’s Okay” is currently a #7 on the Billboard Gospel Charts.