Charlotte native Anthony Hamilton has collaborated with artists including country singer Josh Turner, bluesman Buddy Guy, and soul crooner Al Green. He describes his own style of Country Soul as soul that has no shoes on. Fried chicken bones on the table, and warm sun-heated Coca-Cola. Hamilton, 37, attended South Mecklenburg High School and graduated from Harding High School. His first choir stint was at Shiloh Baptist Church on Elmin Street. His 2003 studio album, “Comin' from Where I'm From,” was a platinum seller and was nominated for three Grammy awards. “The Point of It All” is scheduled to be released in November. Hamilton has three sons and lives in Waxhaw with his, wife, Tarshá McMillian Hamilton.
Q. How has your wife influenced your style?
She took the curse words out, and put the Bible verses in. She made me classier, by taking away parts of the street that I didn't need.
Q. What's up with the hats?
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One day I put one on and it got such big applause. The day before the Nappy Roots, Po' Folks video, I found the magic hat. Like Cinderfella, but I found the hat.
Q. What's the first piece of clothing you bought with your own money?
Some patent leather white Stacy Adams (shoes).
Q. How has being a father changed your style?
I wanted to put on throw-up-proof T-shirts. It made you realize that being comfortable was key to being a happy parent.
Q. How does your style of dress relate to your music?
It's easy. It's Southern. It's comfortable. My music and my style are something that people can relate to.
Q. What does your hairstyle say about you?
My hairstyle says “He's a clean guy, he loves the Earth.”
Q. What hair products do you use?
I use olive oil, and Nature's Blessings.
Q. Do you have a favorite clothing line?
I'm a big fan of The Gap. Comfort, and good cotton.
Q. Do you favor certain colors?
I love cream and burnt orange.
Q. Where do you shop in Charlotte?
I shop at Flava Factory and Boris & Natasha. And I go to SouthPark quite often. I like Urban Outfitters, and Billy Reid is my favorite for suits. I like American Apparel, and Niche in South End.
Q. When do you use a stylist?
When you don't have the time to be as creative as you would like to be.
Q. What piece of clothing can't you live without?
Some soft drawers.
Q. How does it feel to have your face on a T-shirt?
It feels quite weird, but I'm learning to like it.
Q. Tell me about your favorite pair of jeans.
Hands down is a pair of Levi Skinners. And I also like Earnest Sewn.
Q. Are you a shoe man?
I love shoes. … I have a garage full of shoes. Please buy some.
Q. Are any of them particularly special?
I have these brown kick-around boots that I love.
Q. What's next on your list to buy?
Q. Do you have any particular fashion quirks?
I don't like overly patterned, gaudy stuff.
Q. Do you have any fashion role models?
I love the way Common dresses, and André 3000.
Q. What kind of watch do you wear?
I like watches that don't look like your average, everyday, time-tellers. I'm wearing a Diesel now, with a yellow tinted glass.
Q. What was your biggest splurge?
A pair of lizard Gucci shoes that were $1,300.
Q. Your best bargain?
I bought a leather jacket, an old worn classic leather jacket for $59.
Q. What fashion advice can you give to women?
Less is more. Fabric is everything.
Dress it up a little. Easy on the saggy jeans.
Q. What wouldn't you be caught dead wearing?
Q. What can't you believe you once wore?
Long dashikis with big hoops.
Q. Why did you write the song ‘Sista Big Bones'?
I wrote it because there were a lot of women I saw who were full-figured, and I thought they were sexy, and they brought a certain swagger to the world. Full women should feel good. The media portrays slender women to be everything. What's sexier than that is a well-kept woman who makes me smile. You can find a sexy woman in every size.