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R&B singer Anthony Hamilton will lead this year’s Compton Summer Soul Jam Concert Series taking place in the CPT on Saturday, August 16 at the Par Three Golf Course. Other performances for this year’s Compton Summer Soul Jam include: Jody Watley, Tisha Campbell Martin, Rickey Minor & Band, Charlie Wilson of the Gap band and Barbara Morrison and The Blues Mama’s.

Hamilton first discovered his talent while singing in his church’s choir at age ten. In 1993, he left Charlotte and headed to New York City, where he signed with Andre Harrell’s Uptown Records. He was first introduced to mainstream audiences with his singing of the chorus on Nappy Roots’ 2002 “Po’ Folks”, which earned a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” in 2003. He is also featured on Jadakiss’ 2004 hit “Why” (which was also nominated for “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration”, in 2005) and two of 2Pac’s remixed songs, 2002’s “Thugz Mansion” (7 Remix) and 2006’s “Dear Mama” (Frank Nitty Remix). Hamilton’s first compilation album, Soulife, is composed of songs recorded during the early part of Hamilton’s career and was released in June 2005. Ain’t Nobody Worryin’, his gold-selling third studio album, was released on December 13, 2005.

Hamilton is currently working on his fourth studio album, The Point Of It All, which will be released in June.

Hamilton is featured on a track from The RH Factor’s 2003 album Hard Groove called “Kwah/Home”. He also makes a guest appearance on blues singer-guitarist Buddy Guy’s 2005 album Bring ‘Em In, contributing vocals to a cover of Bob Dylan’s 1969 “Lay Lady Lay”, which also features Robert Randolph.

At the 2006 BET Awards, Hamilton won the BET J “Cool Like That” Award.

Hamilton made a cameo in the film, American Gangster as a soul singer, to which he also contributes music to the film’s soundtrack.

During the 2008 BET Awards, Hamilton covered/performed Al Green’s “Tired of Being Alone” during a tribute to Green’s career.

Sponsored by the Los Angeles Sentinel and Radio Free KJLH, Summer Soul Jam is being hosted by The City of Compton and my friend Councilman Isadore Hall III and actress and autism activist Holly Robinson-Peete.

Tickets are $60 for VIP and $35 for general admission and are available at Ticketmaster or www.ticketmaster.com, or (213) 480-3232, The City of Compton (310) 605-5500 and KJLH (310) 330-2200.

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