As we enter the election year and witness political turmoil around the world, several entertainers have been using their star power as a platform to speak their mind.
Anthony Hamilton came out of the North Carolina streets with his platinum-selling second studio album Comin’ from Where I’m From (2003), which featured the singles “Can’t Let Go” and “Charlene.” The soul singer, songwriter and producer, known for conscious songs like “Why,” recently explained how politics, business and leaving a legacy are all responsibilities of being a complete and seasoned entertainer.
“People look at you as an artist initially but as you develop they look at you as a businessman,” Hamilton Told Singersroom. “As a businessman you have to know what to vote for and what is going on.”
He continues” “It’s very important for Raheem DeVaughn, Kanye West and I to show up at an empowering seminar for Wall Street or any other business seminar. You want to show people you take it serious. I’m not just slap sticking with a microphone and I’m not just here to entertain you. I’m here to set a tone and to create a standard. When I pass it on, I’m passing on a legacy. I’m passing on a voice. You want to leave a legacy and the best way to do that is getting in position to have that power.”
It’s great to see artists who feel they have a social or political responsibility to their fans.