#17. Anthony Hamilton, The Point Of It All (2008)
Jonathan Mannion: “When it comes down to it, I’m actually more of an R&B guy than a rap guy. Certainly, there’s great talent in the rap game, but it takes real artistry to be able to blow like Jeffrey Osborne or Jill Scott. It’s just a different talent. Anthony Hamilton is one of my favorite artists.
“I have such respect for Anthony Hamilton. He has such a pure voice. He’s a guy that could sing the phonebook and make girls’ panties drop, with nothing but his voice.
I have such respect for Anthony Hamilton. He has such a pure voice. He’s a guy that could sing the phonebook and make girls’ panties drop, with nothing but his voice.
“I consider ‘The Point Of It All’ a perfect song, and ‘I’m A Mess Right Now’ hit me at a moment when I was going through some drama in the female category. You hear these tunes that pull on your heart-strings, and you realize that someone else has felt like that.
“We’d worked together before, on a Fader assignment, where I got to shoot any musical piece that I wanted, and I chose to shoot him. I chose ‘I’m A Mess,’ because of where I was at the time. It was a cathartic process, where I was letting go.
“Rebecca Meek helped design it, and we flew Anthony down to Shreveport for four days and took it on as a project. We wanted to make something beautiful for the world, and he felt that. He saw our dedication to it, and The Point Of It All was really just a continuation of that.
“My intention was to make the visuals feel important, epic and legendary, because that’s what he is. He knew I was a fan, and having shot together before, we were comfortable. I wanted to make some of the conversations that we’d had over the years come to life.
“We had another discussion and really got some great photos. There wasn’t much to it. He makes my personal list because of the impact he’s had, musically. He’s one of the greatest voices we will ever hear in our generation, and I respect him so much.”