Fans in select markets will be given the chance to attend a private lunch and listening preview of the new album with Hamilton at Cracker Barrel locationsCracker Barrel Old Country Store® and Soul R&B singer-songwriter Anthony Hamilton announced their partnership to debut a deluxe version of the singer’s upcoming album, "What I'm Feelin'." Beginning Friday, March 25, Hamilton’s fifth studio release is available exclusively at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at crackerbarrel.com.
"What I'm Feelin'" features 14 original tracks with “Share A Little Road” and “You Gotta Do” added as Cracker Barrel bonus tracks. The partnership also includes listening lunches at 10 Cracker Barrel locations across the Southeast where fans, selected by local radio stations, and their guests will join Hamilton for an exclusive opportunity. Scheduled before the album’s release, the listening events offer a sneak peak of Hamilton’s eagerly anticipated music featuring an array of renowned producers.
Listening Lunches with Anthony Hamilton
- Dallas, Texas – with KRNB radio
- Houston, Texas – with KMJQ radio
- New Orleans, La. – with WYLD radio
- Jackson, Miss. – with KIXI radio
- Memphis, Tenn. – with KJMS radio
- Nashville, Tenn. – with WQQK radio
- Atlanta, Ga. –with WAMJ & WVEE radio
- Columbia, S.C. – with WWDM radio
- Raleigh, N.C. – with WFXC radio
- Charlotte, N.C. –with WBAV &WPEG radio
"I am excited to share my music through an amazing staple such as Cracker Barrel," said Hamilton. "This journey pairs great food with great music. I am thrilled to partner and share this album with their guests.”
Hamilton is known for his chart-topping hits including “Charlene,” “Best of Me,” and “So in Love” with Jill Scott, which set a record on the Billboard urban adult contemporary chart with 18 weeks at number one. Through individual releases and collaborations with other artists, he has sold more than 40 million albums to date. He has worked with icons including Nas, Rick Ross, Carlos Santana, Jill Scott, Tupac, Josh Turner, and Santana to name a few. In 2009, he won his first Grammy through collaboration with Al Green on "You've Got the Love I Need.”
“Growing up in the South, Anthony has been a long-time fan of Cracker Barrel and was so genuinely enthusiastic about the collaboration, we knew he’d be a great addition to our music program,” said Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Senior Marketing Manager Julie Ulmer.
“Through partnerships like this, we’re able to reach music lovers across generations and provide unique access to artists – whether that’s through exclusive content, music or surprise visits to our stores,” Ulmer continued. “Anthony is a great fit for our brand, and we’re happy to bring his music to our guests nationwide.”
For over a decade, Cracker Barrel has released albums with a wide variety of artists, some of which have debuted in top spots on a range of Billboard’s charts. The partnership with Hamilton is the family dining restaurant’s second R&B album, following its exclusive release of R&B legend and American icon Smokey Robinson's “Now and Then” album in 2010. Recent collaborations have continued to expand the company’s range of artists and musical genres, including the brand’s first pop albums with a cappella group Pentatonix and “Fight Song” singer Rachel Platten.
1. Save Me
3. Take You Home
4. What I’m Feelin’ feat. The HamilTones
5. I Want You
6. Ain’t No Shame
7. Never Letting Go
8. Walk In My Shoes
11. Ever Seen Heaven
12. Love Is An Angry Thing
Deluxe Edition Tracks:
13. Share A Little Road
14. You Gotta Do feat. The HamilTones
About Anthony Hamilton
Grammy Award winning musician Anthony Hamilton has collaborated with a bevy of artists including Nas, Rick Ross, Carlos Santana, Jill Scott, Tupac, and Al Green to name a few. Most recently, the renowned soul singer performed for President Barack Obama with Grammy nominated songstress Andra Day for the Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House. In addition to his multiple chart-topping albums and singles, Hamilton earned a BET award and has been praised by a plethora of outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, ESSENCE, NPR and Billboard, among others. On March 25th, Hamilton will release his fifth studio album, What I'm Feelin' via RCA Records, which will include the hit single "Amen."
About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 635 company-owned locations in 42 states. Nation’s Restaurant News’ 2015 Consumer Picks survey named Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® the winner in two Family-Dining Restaurants categories – Menu Variety and Atmosphere. For more information about the company, visit crackerbarrel.com.