He finally broke through in 2003 with the album Comin' from Where I'm From
, but Tarheel crooner Anthony Hamilton
came to success the hard way. His decade-long trek included one great album (XTC
) that vanished on impact, another (Soulife
) unreleased until last year and a promising career reduced to backing D'Angelo. Even after Comin'
gained him a Grammy nomination (and some good luck at last), Hamilton promptly blew out his voice recording the follow-up, 2005's Ain't Nobody Worryin'
. However, his throat recovered and that album is another Southern-soul-soaked hit. Hear Hamilton as he appears along with former Broadway star Heather Headley
's elegant R&B and Van Hunt
's Princely funk-rock.