“Soul Music”, the title track from Malcolm D. Lee’s film “Soul Men”, received the Grammy Nomination for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. Written for the film by Frank Fitzpatrick, “Soul Music” features an inspired performance by Anthony Hamilton.
“Soul Music” was recorded in Memphis to uphold the integrity of the era and the sound of the older Stax classics. The song opens and closes the film with the end title featuring the Hamilton single and a tribute to the late Bernie Mac.
“I really felt Anthony was the perfect artist to bring that classic feel and still give an original voice to the song. I had wanted to work with Anthony for some time, so this was the perfect opportunity. He is a great artist and a beautiful human being,” commented Fitzpatrick. Based on the nomination for this year’s Grammy Awards, Frank wasn’t the only person who felt Hamilton was the right choice. In addition to the “Soul Music” nod, Hamilton is also nominated this year for the title song off his solo record, “The Point Of It All” and for Album Of the Year.
Growing up in Detroit with the Motown Sound, Fitzpatrick was immersed in classic Soul and R&B. He credits those early influences for inspiring his work with other contemporary artists including Jill Scott, Van Hunt, K-Ci & Jojo, Les Nubians, Ice Cube and Dave Hollister.
In addition to Anthony Hamilton’s Grammy-Nominated performance of “Soul Music”, the “Soul Men” soundtrack features additional music from Isaac Hayes, John Legend and Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Me’Shell Ndegeocello and Ryan Shaw.
American Gangster is another movie that Anthony blessed his vocals with. Enjoy!