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GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING LEGEND ANTHONY HAMILTON TO DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT JCSU’S 150TH




GRAMMY® Award-winning, multiplatinum singer, songwriter, producer, and actor Anthony Hamilton will take the stage to deliver the keynote address to Johnson C. Smith University graduates during the 150th Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 21, 2023, at 11am ET in Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C. The Charlotte native will also be awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree during the the ceremony. Hamilton was born in Charlotte, N.C. and began his singing career at the age of 17 when he joined his church choir. Hamilton burst onto the scene in 2003 with his smash hit “Charlene,” which garnered the attention of NPR and resulted in him starring in their documentary series, “Noteworthy.” Throughout his career, he has sold more than 50 million albums. His success in the music industry landed him in the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame and granted him the opportunity to perform for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. In 2021, Hamilton released his 10th full-length studio offering and flagship release for his own label My Music Box in partnership with BMG, “Love Is the New Black.” Not only is Hamilton a songwriter, producer and actor, but after adding author and publisher to his lists of accomplishments with the unveiling of his first self-published book “Cornbread, Fish n' Collard Greens,” he is now flexing his entrepreneurial muscle as he delves into the retail and e-commerce space with the launches of both Hamilton Corner Store, boasting “kitchen staples for every kitchen,” and the Frances Grey x Anthony Hamilton Legacy Collection, his signature custom hat line. In addtion to announcing his upcoming spring and summer 2023 tour, Anthony Hamilton feat. The Ton3s will perform at the 2023 Black Music Honors in celebration of Black Music Month. The two-hour special will premiere on the Stellar Network on June 3 and will air in national broadcast syndication from Saturday, June 10 to Sunday, July 2. The show will also air on Bounce TV on June 19. Stay tuned for more coming soon from Anthony Hamilton.


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About Anthony Hamilton:

With over 50 million albums globally and proclaimed a "national treasure" by the Los Angeles Times, Anthony Hamilton’s voice will resonate louder than ever in 2023 with more music and performances on the horizon. GRAMMY® Award winning singer, songwriter, producer, and actor Anthony Hamilton has achieved global sales of over 50 million albums. The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductee notably performed for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle, cementing his place in the history books as the "narrator of love." Introduced by way of the iconic 2003 smash "Charlene," his raw, awe-inspiring performances garnered the attention of NPR where he starred in their Noteworthy documentary series. He made his film debut in the critically acclaimed American Gangster, and lent his vocals to the song "Freedom" from the Academy® Award-nominated film Django Unchained. Hamilton now adds author and publisher to his list of accomplishments with the unveiling of his first self-published book, Cornbread, Fish 'n Collard Greens, where he shares the inspiration for some of the iconic songs in his illustrious career and his love of southern food. Hamilton recently starred as Kyle Kirby in the feature film Carl Weber's Influence, now streaming on BET+. 2023 sees Hamilton reach another milestone with the launch of his signature hat line: the Frances Grey x Anthony Hamitlon Legacy Collection.

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