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Tori Kelly The Hamiltones Help Us To Love

Tori Kelly is proof that you do not have to win a talent competition  [she auditioned for American Idol] to be successful in the end. A few non-winners have gone on to do big things [Jennifer Hudson, anyone?]. Kelly was nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist in 2016 and had a featured role in the movie Sing the same year. Her talent continues to grow and her star continues to rise.

Earlier this year she released “Help Us To Love”, a timely gospel ballad written and produced by Kirk Franklin that features the trifecta of soul singing background vocalists for Anthony Hamilton also known as The Hamiltones. Check out some of the lyrics.

But there’s a friend of mine (that stays closer than a brother)
Oooh, love laid down his life (so why do we still fight one another?)
All this hate I see on the TV screen
In my country ‘tis of thee
God help us to love, to love the way that you love me
Hmmm, God help us to love the way that you love me, oh oh

This world is weeping, hurting, broken and begging for change
Oh yeah
But still we marching, praying, dying, and things stay the same
When will we see?
Till everyone’s free
There’ll never be peace between you and me
God, your love is the cure
For the rich and the poor
God, please will you open our eyes?

Together, they shook the Stellar Awards with their live performance of this song. The crowd seemed pleasantly surprised. We thought folks knew already the vocal beast that Tori Kelly is, ’cause we tried to put everybody up on game a long time ago here.

Check out the video of the live performance at the Stellar Awards below.

Kimberly Kennedy Charles

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GFM Spotlight (Video) Interview: Anthony Hamilton Talks Soul, The Hamiltones, Grown Folks Music

Anthony Hamilton What I'm Feelin Album

In our humble opinion we really can’t talk about R&B and soul music for the Grown generation without mentioning Anthony Hamilton. He is unapologetically soulful– always adding a little “Cornbread, Fish & Collard Greens” flavor in all that he does and he’s consistently blessed the genre with each of his projects. It’s also worth mentioning that he’s part of a class of male R&B singers that may be heading toward extinction yet he carries the torch effortlessly.

Grown Folks Music had a few minutes to chat with Anthony Hamilton and we talked about carrying the banner for soul music, The Hamiltones, the song that got away and his definition of Grown Folks Music, of course. Watch the video and enjoy.

Anthony Hamilton Interview from Grown Folks Music on Vimeo.

Anthony Hamilton is current on tour supporting his 2016 album What I’m Feelin’. Treat yourself and get to a show if you can! Find out tour dates here.

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Kimberly Kennedy Charles

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