Kindred The Family Soul

Saturday | August 17, 2024 @ 6:30 pm | Main Stage

Kindred The Family Soul is simply Aja Graydon and Fatin Dantzler; artists, songwriters, lovers, family. Both got their start as teenagers. In 1997 they were introduced via hip hop band, The Roots, production camp. Fatin was a hired gun to write songs for Aja’s solo project. By the fall of 1998, they became husband and wife. They developed a strong creative chemistry for Aja’s solo project so they decided to try performing as a team, and Kindred The Family Soul was born.

In 2003, Kindred The Family Soul released their debut album Surrender to Love. “Far Away” and “Stars” became top ten urban adult contemporary hits and anthems for lovers everywhere. The album received a Soul Train Award and a BET Award nomination.

The 3rd album, The Arrival, was released in 2008. Singles like “House of Love” and “Just the Way You Are” continued the tradition of celebrating love and fortitude. Both were mainstays on VH1 Soul and Centric. The title, The Arrival was a nod to the birth of the couple’s twin girls, Lanaa and Ain. 2009 was a year of great change; the first black president was in the midst of his first term, the country was in a financial slump and the group found itself without a label deal. Kindred The Family Soul began documenting their journey through this climate of change in a web series called “Six Is It!”, named jokingly about expecting their sixth and final child, a boy, Deen.

By 2016 Kindred released their 6th studio album titled Legacy of Love. The lead single hit number 1 on the Soul charts in the UK and the top 40 on the AC charts here in the States. Considered timely and needed the single titled, “All My People” paints a vision of equality, peace and unity.

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