BY SHEENA BARNETT
TUPELO – Anthony Hamilton’s tour is taking him all over the world: Last week he was in Europe; this week, he’s in Tupelo.
The R&B hit-maker performs at the BancorpSouth Arena on Friday.
“I like the idea of going abroad and exposing myself to people who normally don’t get a chance to see me,” Hamilton said in a phone interview with the Daily Journal. “It shows your growth. It kinda has a different feeling to it, but it feels pretty good.”
Hamilton has been on the road for the past two years promoting his latest record, “Back to Love.”
The album scored him a slew of hits, like “Pray for Me,” “I’ll Wait (To Fall in Love)” and “Woo.”
He’s also filled his time by working with a young artist, Ed D. Kane, and contributing a track to the “Django Unchained” soundtrack.
Still, he knows why fans will be lining up to see him on Friday: to hear the hits.
“When you’re promoting the new songs, you want people to purchase the album, so you showcase those. But I think you have to give them what made them love you in the first place, and share that with them. This is the Anthony Hamilton you know,” he said. “I like to keep the tempo at a certain pace in the beginning, then slow it down. It’s a ride. Every emotion should be touched before they leave.”
Fans who want new music won’t have to wait too much longer.
He’s currently working on a Christmas album, his first.
“I tried (recording a Christmas album) one time before, but I just couldn’t get it done in May,” he said with a laugh. “I’m telling you, it’s like, this feels weird.”
Fans can hear the newly completed album this holiday season.
He’s thinking about his next album, too, and he’s feeling inspired.
“I’m gonna go in with some heavy hitters. I’ve been doing some work with Drake on his new album, and it’s just inspired me in the direction I wanna go in,” he said.
As for his Tupelo gig, he’s inspired to give it his all there, too.
“(My plan) is just to turn it out,” he said. “I’m gonna give them an honest, good time. It’ll be nice.”
WHO: Anthony Hamilton, Leela James
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday
WHERE: BancorpSouth Arena
COST: $70, $50, $40, plus fees
INFO: bcsarena.com, (662) 841-6528