KINDRED THE FAMILY SOUL
Doors Open @ 6pm
Consisting of married couple Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon, R&B duo Kindred the Family Soul first emerged from the turn-of-the-century Philadelphia neo soul movement that also birthed Jill Scott, who discovered the pair when they were performing at the Black Lily Film & Music Festival. Both Dantzler and Graydon had begun their careers as solo performers, and although they began making music together at the beginning of their relationship, marriage and a family had pushed them to scale back their musical work in favor of finding steady extra-musical income. Soon after the pair’s return to performing and their subsequent discovery by Scott, they signed to Scott’s Hidden Beach Recordings label and released their debut record, Surrender to Love (2003), which featured the tracks “Stars” and “Far Away.” The album earned the duo a nomination for a Soul Train Music Award in 2004.
Kindred’s follow-up release, In This Life Together, came out in 2005. The title was a reference to a book by another husband-and-wife arts team, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, whose 1998 memoir bore the title With Ossie & Ruby: In This Life Together (1998). The disc featured the sigle “Where Would I Be (The Question)” and painted an unapologetically autobiographical picture of Dantzler and Graydon’s life together. Critics applauded the album’s content – AllMusic’s William Ruhlmann declared: “…the collection presents a full-scale portrait of life for a loving, struggling, contemporary couple with three kids trying to keep things together, a life not that different from most people’s. That is actually a refreshing perspective to find expressed in popular music, and one a wide audience should be able to identify with.”
After releasing 2008’s The Arrival on Hidden Beach, Kindred jumped ship to Shanachie, where the duo released their latest album, Love Has No Recession (2011). Continuing the pair’s autobiographical theme, the project reflects the themes filling the lives of many Americans at the end of the last decade. The two didn’t simply intend the album as a social mirror, however. “It is our prayer that this offering will inspire, and as always, be a voice for those who truly relate to our message,” share Dantzler and Graydon. “It is equally socially conscious as it is all grown up and sexy-like. It is quite simply … US.” Featuring the lead single “Magic Happens,” the disc peaked at No. 90 on the Billboard 200 chart.