Q&A with Anthony Hamilton

Check out "Soul for Real" , this month's Buzz Spotlight with Anthony Hamilton. Here is more from that interview. 

Tell us more about your next album.
I never thought I'd be able to reinvent a song like "Comin' From Where I'm From," but I think I have. It's called "Souls on Fire." It's so powerful. I even cried listening to it. It's a song for anybody going through anything, who felt like they just can't make it, they feel like giving up, or tearing up something. This song allows you to realize that it's okay to feel like that, but you gotta make better decisions or you'll destroy yourself.

Love and pain seems to be what you sing about most.
But I'm going to try to have more upbeat songs on this album. I want to dance on the night of the show.  

You've worked with a lot of big names in the industry. Any special collaborations this time?
I had a meeting with Rick Rubin. I'm hoping to do something with him. And I have a duet with Al Green on his new album coming out in April. Oh, and I have a new song with Chingy [for his album].  

Anyone you haven't worked with yet that you have on your wish list?
I would love to work with Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill; I like Ben Harper.

We know your struggle to make it in the music biz. Now that you're here, how do you plan to have longevity?
You have to give the fans what it is they fell in love with you for and you have to give it to them time and time again. But you also have to be able to reinvent yourself. Be consistent; have integrity. And I make music that the family can listen to. That's what I think about when I'm making music. I look out in the audience and I see kids sitting on laps, and grandmothers and grandfathers all listening to my music and having a good time. I try to put that love in music. If you give them something they can relate to, they'll keep you in mind. They'll keep you around.   

What artists are you listening to right now?
I'm listening to the new Angie Stone album, Marvin Winans album. I checked out the Kanye West and 50 Cent thing. They both put out good albums. Keyshia Cole. Josh Turner—I just did a country song with Josh Turner…  

Yeah, I read about that. So you're doing country now?
Man I've always been country. I was eating green beans and chitlins way back in the day. Before I had my first pair of shell toes.  

Speaking of green beans, how do you plan to spend the holidays?
Eating, sleeping, and resting, and watching some sports. Just spending time with my family. My kids, wife, grandparents—everybody. Christmas is always at home, at our house. Thanksgiving we usually rotate from my wife's family, her mother's side and her father's side.