June is Black Music Month. People often say that Black culture is American culture; I think that Black music is American music, which has helped to develop the cultural landscape of America.
Black music encompasses a variety of genres including but not limited to jazz, blues, gospel, country, rock-n-roll, R&B, Soul and Hip-Hop to name a few. Categories that were once rigid are now fluid allowing for collaborations across genres. Black music is far reaching and bridges the gap between generations, races, genders and the like.
It is with this in mind that RushmoreDrive.com, for which I serve as Editorial Director, celebrates Black Music Month. We could not think of a better way to celebrate than with Grammy-award winning singer Anthony Hamilton.
Anthony Hamilton is a rare performer, particularly in this day and age, because of his soulful sound that harkens to the past, but anchors him in the present, giving those of us that long for “real” singing what we need, while giving those that desire contemporary stylings, what we want.
He is an artist that is able to successfully collaborate with many artists of different genres including 2Pac, Nappy Roots, Angie Stone, Jadakiss, Twista, Sunshine Anderson, Buddy Guy, Jay-Z, Keyshia Cole, Boney James and Al Green. Not only is he a gifted singer, but he is also a talented songwriter.
Who can forget Anthony’s seminal album “Coming Where I’m From,” which was soulful, folksy, edgy, endearing, inspiring and infectious all at the same time?
Hamilton reminds us of where we’ve been and where we’re going, which is why we thought it made perfect sense to invite him to be our Special Guest Editor for Black Music Month.
We have enjoyed working with him on pulling together a celebration of Black Music that informs, inspires and elevates Black Music Month in our online and off-line communities.
Over the course of the month of June, make sure that you visit RushmoreDrive.com to hear more and discover more about Black music.