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With new advances in the treatment of AIDS, people are living longer than ever. However, the virus still destroys lives – even families. Tarsha Hamilton, wife of singer Anthony Hamilton, knows this first hand. Three years ago, she lost her 18-year-old brother to AIDS. Hamilton was only 16 when her father died of AIDS, and the virus also claimed her mother.

“It has totally went through my family of five,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton said now she and her sister are fighting back against a disease that took so much from them. Hamilton is headlining Breaking the Silence,hosted by 2XSalt Ministries on Friday. The concert will benefit children, teens or college students affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS. Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped gift for people ages infant to 21.

For Hamilton, the concert’s title holds special significance. When her mother told her that her father died of AIDS, she told Hamilton and her siblings not to tell anyone. Their silence prevented the from seeking the resources that could’ve helped them deal with virus, Hamilton said.

“That’s what killing us – the silence,” she said. “I chose to speak out about it, it was killing me on the inside. It was eating me from the inside out, emotionally (and) mentally.”

Hamilton isn’t silent anymore. She shared her struggle through music and continues to tell her story via song. Her new untiled album is about facing fear. She also plans to write about as a companion to her first album “The McMillan Story.” Hamilton is working with famed gospel executive Vicki Mack Lataillade to distribute her new album which is due Summer 2013.

See Hamilton:

Date: December 14, 2012

Time: 7 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Location: 2XSalt Ministries, 1900 Queen City Drive Charlotte, NC 28208

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