Give it up for the hometown hero, as North Carolina native Anthony Hamilton introduced coronary heart, nation and soul, to the NBA All-Star Recreation with a strong rendition of the American nationwide anthem!
Whereas the principle aim of the 2019 NBA All-Star sport was celebrating the sport and the gifted gamers voted to be All-Stars, it was additionally celebrating North Carolina, particularly town of Charlotte. Two years faraway from the controversy that relocated the All-Star sport to New Orleans, the sport kicked off on Feb. 17 on the Spectrum Middle, however not earlier than Anthony Hamilton, 48, carried out “The Star-Spangled Banner.” In his shiny gold swimsuit coat, the Charlotte native and 17-time Grammy nominee hit the court docket to carry out the U.S. nationwide anthem, and it was simply as soulful as anticipated. Whereas it is probably not as “viral” as Fergie’s rendition from the prior yr, it was simply as superb.
With a pair of acoustic guitar gamers behind him, Anthony added some nation and soul to his 2 minute lengthy, heartfelt rendition of America’s theme track. It was sufficient to make a grown man cry… and a few in all probability did.
A fast FYI: Anthony was born in Charlotte, and commenced singing at age 10. In 1992, he packed his luggage and headed to New York Metropolis, the place he signed with Uptown Information. He co-wrote Donell Jones’s 1999 hit “U Know What’s Up,” and was a background vocalist on D’Angelo’s Voodoo album. In 2003, Anthony actually broke out along with his sophomore album, Comin’ From The place I’m From. As of 2019, he’s launched seven studio albums in whole, the final being 2016’s What I’m Feelin’.
“What you’ll be able to take away from [What I’m Feelin’] is the journey, my journey. I feel it’s not solely my journey, however I feel it’s a journey of lots of people,” he instructed VIBE in 2016. “We have now quite a lot of similarities in our lives. I consider folks will be capable to determine with that and see that I’ve been by means of all these items. I’ve traveled, I’ve met individuals who I needed to push to get outdoors of their consolation zone, I’ve misplaced, I’ve gained, [and] I’ve partied. All these issues that folks want, take into consideration, or expertise, they’ll take away an actual life on right here.”
Sure, I feel we will all relate to Anthony, for certain. With Anthony wrapping up the American customized, it was time to take a seat again and watch Kendall Jenner‘s boyfriend, Ben Simmons, bang boards alongside the very best ballers within the league. Benefit from the massive NBA All-Star sport.