CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Anthony Hamilton told The Daily Caller that the music industry, and business in general has “taken a hit” due to the poor economy, but he is still supporting President Barack Obama’s re-election bid so the president can “finish up what he started.”
“I think he did such a great job the first time around,” Hamilton told TheDC at the Democratic National Convention. “I think he just needs more time to finish up what he started. I see some changes that I like and there are some things that I want to see, so I want to stick around and let him finish the course.”
Hamilton, born in Charlotte, N.C., won a 2009 Grammy Award in the Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance category for the song, “You’ve Got The Love I Need” with singer Al Green. He has also collaborated with artists like Carlos Santana and hip-hop artist LL Cool J, which won him a BET Award.
In the interview with TheDC, he predicted that Obama’s support among celebrities would be just as strong in this election compared to 2008.
“I think so, at the end of the day, people are last minute and I think people will still be on board just as much,” Hamilton said.
When asked if he is “better off economically” than he was four years ago, Hamilton’s answer was mixed.
“Yeah, I think I am in some places. And some things need a little working, but yeah, for the most part, I can see a growth overall,” he said, before explaining the music industry is in worse shape under Obama.
“No. The music industry has taken a hit with the economy and everything. It’s just, you know, trying to level off — get to at least a stable place. Right now it’s up in the air and everything’s all over the place, but I’ve got faith in it; I’ve got faith in the music,” Hamilton told TheDC.
Hamilton said “sales” are the worst problem overall.
“Everything’s down now. People are not spending money. The economy is hurting so everything takes a hit. Whether it’s music, food, whatever,” Hamilton said.
“If you’re in business, you’ve probably seen some hits and some people have seen some growth. In terms of touring, I do good. In terms of the record sales, a little bit down, a little slower than normal. But I just keep putting the good music out there, man, and I think everything will turn around.”
He also told TheDC that most of his income comes from live performances around the country.
“Most – not unless you have invested in some company like Facebook or something early and cashed in. But other than that, you have to go hit the road. That’s where the fun is anyway,” he said.