This is modern soul music, respectful of its roots, delivered by wildly talented artists whose harmonies and performance are among the very best.
The Hamiltones are a Grammy-nominated soul musical group from North Carolina. The trio of vocalists, J Vito, Tony Lelo and 2E have recorded and performed with Grammy Winner Anthony Hamilton and most recently as the backing vocalists to Ry Cooder on recording and tour. The exceptionally talented trio of background singers have come to the fore in their own right with a series of viral videos, late-night TV appearances and their own shows.
The Hamiltones released a FREE EP on SoundCloud that has been reviewed as; “original compositions, each highly melodic, rhythmically interesting, and vocally powerful. Quality songwriting being what it is of late in pop music, it’s thrilling to hear well-crafted compositions that are as much a songwriting showcase as they are vocal showcases.” An album is expected in the near future.
Reviews of The Hamiltones
The bluesy “Best Friend” and “I See You” are the slow drag standouts here with an approach that owes a nod to such veterans as the O’Jays and successors like Dru Hill. Robust masculine baritones and tenors harmonically bearing their soul to their beloved without pretense or veneers is a lost art reclaimed by these three with cuts like “Best Friend,” “I See You,” and “Never Gonna Let You Go.” With head-bobbing basslines complementing their compliments to their ladies in the most silver of tongues on “You Got That Fire” and “Never Gone Let You Go,” these men consistently honor their relationships and the women who light up their lives…or those that could if just given the chance. These countrified soul songs are all about love, devotion, and intimacy—the good stuff without any of the cynicism and anger that seems to have become part and parcel of today’s urban music. These unselfconscious men with a delicious sense of humor are men that love women and are unashamed to show it. More of this, please. Highly Recommended.
— L. Michael Gipson