Anthony Cornelius Hamilton (born January 28, 1971, Charlotte, North Carolina.) is an American, Grammy Award winning R&B singer-songwriter, and record producer who rose to fame with his platinum-selling second studio album Comin’ from Where I’m From (2003), which featured the title track single “Comin’ from Where I’m From” and the follow-up “Charlene.” Nominated for 16 Grammy awards, he is also known for the song “Freedom” from the soundtrack album of Django Unchained co-written and sung as a duo with indie soul singer Elayna Boynton.
Hamilton started singing in his church’s choir at age 10. He attended South Mecklenburg High School where he sang in their award winning choir under the direction of Mark Setzer.
In 1992, he met producer Mark Sparks who encouraged the soulful crooner to leave Charlotte and head to New York City where he signed with Andre Harrell’s Uptown Records. Hamilton also co-wrote the 1999 hit “U Know What’s Up” for singer Donell Jones.