Grammy winner Anthony Hamilton brings smooth R&B to Macon

Telegraph correspondentSeptember 13, 2013 

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Anthony Hamilton credits fatherhood with rejuvenating his music.

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Featuring Grammy winner Anthony Hamilton and hosted by the hilarious Kevin “Damn Fool” Simpson, the show Saturday at the City Auditorium just may be the talk of the town for the rest of the year.

“We are super excited to have an artist the caliber of Anthony Hamilton in our venue,” said Brenda Thompson, arena sales manager for the Macon Centreplex. “Tickets are flying out of the box office and the phones are ringing off the hook. We fully expect a capacity house. And, while that is good news, the best news is this: For every artist who does well, more will certainly follow. If we show we want to see them, we won’t be able to keep them away.”

Hamilton, who is the father of six children, puts his heart and soul into his music and that keeps fans coming back for more.

“Having children,” Hamilton said on his website, “gives you another burst of energy, a new perspective.” That energy pulses through Hamilton’s music, especially through the album “Back to Love.”

Among what Hamilton calls the “firecrackers and life-reflecting songs” in “Back to Love” are the OutKast-influenced “Sucka For You” and “Best of Me” -- both invigorating examples of the singer’s rejuvenation. His reflective nature is embraced on “Never Let Go,” a duet with singer/songwriter Keri Hilson, and “Life Has a Way,” originally written for the movie “Pursuit of Happyness.” While on “Pray for Me,” the emotional lyrics about a lost love and gospel-influenced melody are signature Hamilton, according to the website.

“There are different tones in my voice that people have fallen in love with; I can go hard or real soft,” said the singer. “I pay attention to that.”

Hamilton began singing in church when he was 10 years old and has gained a reputation as an artist’s artist. He has worked on a diverse roster of projects from Dr. Dre and Young Jeezy to Keyshia Cole, Josh Turner, Santana and John Rich (Big & Rich). Between his own albums and collaborations, Hamilton has sold more than 19.6 million albums.

“Basically you can expect good entertainment,” said Olivia Smoot, who is handling press for the show. “Anthony will deliver a full hour and a half with a full band. It won’t be a track show. This is a full-fledged performance that no one will want to miss.”

With Simpson as host, Saturday evening promises to be filled with laughs and cheers, with world class comedy, voices and songs to melt every heart and get every toe tapping.

“Kevin Simpson is an up and coming comic that everyone will want to see. He’ll open and host the show. You can expect comedy and star quality entertainment between the acts,” Smoot said. “This is a show about love and laughter -- love in the R&B and laughter in the comedy.”

Anthony Hamilton

When: 8 p.m. Sept. 14

Where: City Auditorium, 415 First St.

Cost: $55 and $65

Information: 478-751-9232; www.maconcentreplex.com

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