When they debuted in the early 2010s, Hamilton Park were poised to take their place in the long line of Atlanta R&B groups like 112, Jagged Edge, and Jodeci.
However, just as soon as they made their breakthrough with 2011's Hamilton Park, they went on hiatus. Returning at the end of the decade -- wiser and more mature -- they released their comeback effort, It Was Necessary.
Coming up in east Atlanta in the early 2000s, childhood friends Markus Free, Anthony Dorsey, Chris Voice, and Royce Pinkston formed their bond singing at church and playing basketball in local Hamilton Park. Deciding to pursue music full time, they were soon discovered by Andre Harrell (Jodeci). With distinct personalities and a slick, harmonious sound that recalled Chris Brown and Usher, the group issued their self-titled debut in 2011. Then, despite early traction and positive fan response, they retreated into a self-imposed hiatus for almost a decade. While they attempted a comeback in 2014 with a handful of singles, most of their hiatus was spent experimenting with solo material and taking the time to refocus and calculate their next step. That move came in late 2017. Evolving from a boy band into an independent adult group that didn't shy away from mature lyrical content, the quartet was quickly reduced to a trio with the amicable departure of Pinkston. The remaining guys in Hamilton Park proceeded with the single "Jumpin' Off," issued on their own label, Lost in Music. Aiming to bridge the gap between Migos and Jodeci, they released additional singles "Love Me to Sleep" and the graphic "Leave It In," which signaled their clear intentions to be seen as a mature and experienced. These latter two tracks landed on 2018's sophomore effort, It Was Necessary. ~ Neil Z. Yeung, Rovi