Anthony Hamilton’s Home for the Holiday Tour with Leela James and Mali Music at Constitution Hall was a special treat for all who attended.
The tour in Washington, DC was another sell out crowd who came out to enjoy a night full of soulful sounds and Christmas favorites.
Leela James is an artist with raw talent, and an unbelievable voice.Â Leela set the mood for the evening.Â She energized the audience with her awesome voice and soulful songs.
After Leela James and Mali Music got everyone warmed up, Anthony kicked things into high gear and he turned up the momentum.Â Backed by his great background vocalists, The Hamiltones and The Extravaganza Band, Anthony lit up the stage like a Christmas tree with songs from Home for the Holidays.Â The audience heard Hamilton’s command of the R&B tradition on his new Christmas album, Â when he sang James Brown’s Santa Clause Go Straight to the Ghetto or Charles Brown’s Please Come Home for Christmas. Â Hamilton was even more impressive in his original compositions: the propulsive funk-rock of It’s Christmas, the classic Motown ear candy of Spend Christmas With You and the Memphis balladry of Tis the Season.
What we heard was one of the most gifted R&B artists of our time at the peak of his career.Â He had the whole crowd on their feet and you could see the enjoyment on everyone’s face.
Once again, CD Enterprises combined the right artists for a night of great and awesome entertainment !
By J.V. Jones
Photographs by Darryle A. Carter