Today, GRAMMY® Award-winning, multiplatinum singer, songwriter, producer and actor, Anthony Hamilton makes an important statement with his new single “Mercy” [feat. Tamika D. Mallory].
Get it HERE via his own label My Music Box in partnership with BMG.
In a fiery, yet uplifting opening speech, activist, visionary, and generational voice Tamika D. Mallory declares, “You don’t want pity, but you damn sure deserve a little mercy!” Anthony responds with soulful verses over soft piano and a steady beat as he pleads, “Have a little mercy,” on the powerful and poetic refrain. Together, they deliver the perfect combination of art and activism on a timely and timeless anthem.
About the song, he comments, “I wrote ‘Mercy’ almost a year ago. I wanted to use my ‘man voice.’ It sounds like a guy who is in an honest and vulnerable—but not weak—stance. Have a moment of mercy for the man telling the story, going through life, and facing these changes. It just so happened that with the pandemic and racial injustice, things started looking like the past. It was like the sixties were happening once more. We’re going into racial division. Black men are being killed. I’m asking, ‘Will we be an endangered species? Will we be attacked for the rest of our lives?’ Damn, we’ve been through enough already. At the end of the song, it mentions these days won’t last for long. There’s always a moment when it turns around for good. This is a song for every man—not just men of color—but any man who’s ever struggled, had the needs of his family on his back, and the pressure to make it happen day-to-day.”
Regarding the inclusion of Tamika, he goes on to say, “She is the voice of our generation. Not only is she powerful with her words, but her actions as well. She moves things forward with the righteousness of the people. I wanted that energy to be somewhere in my music. Tamika is a force to be reckoned with.”
On Sunday evening December 13, Anthony will take the stage at the 29th Annual Bounce Trumpet Awards, premiering at 9pm ET. He’s gearing up to deliver a very special performance of the Donny Hathaway classic “For All We Know.” He pays homage to this timeless gem, while adding his own grit.