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Grammy Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Anthony Hamilton Prepares to Headline National 'Playin' It Cool' Tour

Jive Records - 04/21/2009

So So Def/Jive Records platinum recording artist Anthony Hamilton is confirmed to headline the extended "Playin' It Cool" tour which kicks off in Houston, Texas on May 28th. The line-up includes Musiq Soulchild and special guest Chrisette Michele. The tour is a continuation of last year's successful "Playin' It Cool" dates which showcased the artist in intimate venues.

The tour comes as Hamilton promotes his newest single, the title track, "The Point Of It All" and his previous hit, "Cool" featuring David Banner which remains a Top 10 staple on Urban Adult Contemporary radio airplay charts. Both songs are from his current album, The Point Of It All, which was released in December, 2008 and met with critical acclaim. The New Yorker declared, "Hamilton makes like a modern-day Curtis Mayfield...;" The Boston Globe described the album as "flawless and expressive" and went on to proclaim, "Hamilton has proven himself to be one of the logical heirs to Marvin Gaye;" USA Today proclaimed him as "one of the genre's rare singers."

Widely known for his electric, soul-inspiring live performances Hamilton has gained a steady and loyal fan base throughout his career beginning with his 2003 platinum-certified debut album Comin' From Where I'm From, which spawned the chart-topping song, "Charlene." In 2005, the Charlotte, North Carolina native followed up with his gold-certified sophomore album Ain't Nobody Worryin' which featured the #1 hit, "Can't Let Go."

In addition to the accolades the seven-time Grammy nominee has earned for his albums and live shows, Hamilton won his first Grammy Award this year for his collaboration on Al Green's, "You Got The Love I Need".

On-sale dates will be announced locally in each market and show dates are as follows:

  Date                   City               Venue

  May 28                 Houston, TX        Reliant Arena
  May 29                 Dallas, TX         Nokia Live Grand Prairie
  May 30                 Southaven, MS      DeSoto Center
  May 31                 St Louis, MO       Fox Theatre
  June 4                 Los Angeles, CA    Nokia Live Theatre
  June 6                 Oakland, CA        Paramount Theatre
  June 11                Columbus, OH       Palace Theatre
  June 12                Detroit, MI        Opera House
  June 13                Chicago, IL        Arie Crown Theatre
  June 16                Newark, NJ         New Jersey Performing Arts
  June 18                New York, NY       WaMu Theatre at Madison Square
                                            Garden
  June 19                Washington, D.C.   DAR Constitution Hall
  June 21                Baltimore, MD      Pier Six Pavilion
  June 25                Atlanta, GA        Fox Theatre
  June 26                Augusta, GA        Bell Auditorium
  June 27                Birmingham, AL     BJCC Concert Hall
  June 28                Charlotte, NC      Ovens Auditorium

  *All dates are subject to change.

  For more information:

  playinitcooltour.blogspot.com

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SOURCE: JIVE Label Group

CONTACT: Tice Merriweather of JIVE Label Group, +1-212-833-6479,
Ticeman.merriweather@sonymusic.com

Web Site: http://www.playinitcooltour.blogspot.com/