Who knew one of our favorite voices that nails the devastation of heartbreak could capture all that’s cheerful, cozy and beautiful about the holidays? Anthony Hamilton stopped by #TeamBeautiful’s office to sing “Home For The Holidays” from his latest Christmas album by the same name. Known mostly for gut-wrenching and hopeful tales of love like, “Charlene,” “Best Of Me,” “The Point Of It All,” and “Can’t Let Go,” it’s fair to say Hamilton is not only a part of the Soul genre, but that’s what he pours into all of his music.
In fact, you can expect that same type of soul to come through on his Christmas album. But not to worry, there’s plenty of surprises too. The 14-track album will features appearances from the legendary Chaka Khan, Gavin DeGraw and singer-songwriter ZZ Ward. And what’s best is that if you like your Christmas albums to be classic, that’s exactly what Anthony’s giving.
Hamilton’s the father of 6 boys.–a 26-year-old, a 23-year-old, a 17-year-old, 3-year-old twins and a 2 year old. So obviously, things get a little crazy around the holidays. He told us, “Everyone comes to my house. My boys come to my house. I be daddy and cook and clean and we go out to see my mom, just do all the Christmas stuff. I just watch them be happy. I don’t really expect anything. I don’t even get mad if I don’t get gifts because normally I get so much, so often. I’ve been so blessed. I get stuff all year long. That’s the time when I just focus on giving. I like to see them happy.”
But it’s not always about material things in his house. Anthony continued, “It’s a time when I can show my appreciation and thank people for the support they give me. I love spending time with my kids and they always lend a hand when I get home. They help me with laundry or whatever it might be.” For Hamilton, the holidays are for giving back and showing appreciation, especially to his children. “It’s a good time to build people up. It’s a time of getting together and celebrating and appreciating one another. A time when people take off just to be close to family. Rejuvenating and getting together.”
Once Hamilton rejuvenates throughout the holidays, he’s going to hit the ground running in 2015. “The top of the year is when I’m gonna get started recording again real heavy. I have some songs that I recorded over the last year and which are still good, still great. It’ll be a fresh start at the top of the year. I want to just really focus on it and beast it.”
We can’t wait to hear what this southern crooner’s got planned! Check out “Home For The Holidays” in the special performance above and get your “Home For The Holidays” album!
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS TRACK LISTING:
1. It’s Christmas
2. Spend Christmas With You
3. Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto
4. Little Drummer Boy (Interlude)
5. Little Drummer Boy
6. Home For The Holidays feat. Gavin DeGraw
7. ‘Tis The Season
8. What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas
9. Coming Home
10. Away In A Manger (Interlude)
11. Away In A Manger feat. ZZ Ward
12. Please Come Home For Christmas
13. The Christmas Song feat. Chaka Khan
14. Spirit Of Love