Kindred the Family Soul

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Kindred the Family Soul
Kindred the Family Soul at the 2007 Black Lily Film & Music Festival at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in May 2007
Kindred the Family Soul at the 2007 Black Lily Film & Music Festival at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in May 2007
Background information
Also known asKindred
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
GenresR&B, soul, neo soul, jazz
Years active2002–present
LabelsHidden Beach, Shanachie
MembersFatin Dantzler
Aja Graydon
Websitewww.kindredthefamilysoul.com

Kindred the Family Soul, also referred to as simply Kindred, are an American neo soul duo consisting of married couple Fatin Dantzler (born in 1973 in Camden, New Jersey)[1] and Aja Graydon (born September 25, 1978 in Los Angeles, California).[2] Signed to Hidden Beach Recordings, Kindred emerged from the Philadelphia neo soul movement that also includes Jill Scott, who introduced them to her then label president Steve McKeever of Hidden Beach Recordings while the couple was performing at the Black Lily Showcase in Philly weekly back in 2000. Kindred would go on to sign their first recording contract with the label.[3]

After two years of work on the CD, Hidden Beach issued their debut album Surrender to Love in February 2003, which included the single "Far Away". Their follow-up album was 2005's In This Life Together—its title being a reference to Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee's 1998 book With Ossie & Ruby: In This Life Together—, spawning the single "Where Would I Be (The Question)".

The duo were nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album, Group Band or Duo for Surrender to Love in 2004[4] and a BET Award for the BET J Cool Like That Award in 2006.[5] The group's third LP, The Arrival, was released on October 21, 2008. In 2011 the group released the LP Love Has No Recession, which featured many guest artists including the late Chuck Brown, Snoop Dogg, Raheem Devaughn, BJ the Chicago Kid, and Bilal. That record spawned the top 40 Urban AC single "Magic Happens". In 2014, the group released A Couple Friends. In 2016, they released Legacy Of Love which includes the hit single “All My People”. Kindred is currently preparing to release new Music in the year 2020 also hugely focused on their interview and performing series Kindred Presents. In 2021, they released "Auntie & Unc" which features their single "Break It Down".

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US
R&B
Surrender to Love
  • Released: February 25, 2003
  • Label: Hidden Beach Recordings
159 29
The Arrival
  • Released: October 21, 2008
  • Label: Hidden Beach Recordings
67 7
In This Life Together
  • Released: July 31, 2009
  • Label: Hidden Beach Recordings
77 15
Love Has No Recession
  • Released: July 26, 2011
  • Label: Shanachie Records
90 19
A Couple Friends
  • Released: June 10, 2014
  • Label: Shanachie Records
23
Legacy Of Love
  • Released: August 30, 2016
  • Label: Independent
32
Auntie and Unc
  • Released: March 27, 2021
  • Label: Independent

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions Album
U.S. R&B U.S. R&B Airplay U.S. Adult R&B U.S. R&B Recurrents U.S. R&B Recurrent Airplay
2003 "Far Away" 53 5 - 6 6 Surrender to Love
2004 "Stars" - - - 10 9
2006 "Where Would I Be (The Question)" 41 4 10 2 1 In This Life Together
"Woman First" - - 22 - -
"Thru Love" - - 33 - -
2008 "House of Love" 86 - 26 - - The Arrival
"Just the Way You Are" - - - - -
2011 "Magic Happens" 92 - 31 - - Love Has No Recession
"You Got Love" (featuring Snoop Dogg) - - - - -
"Sticking with You" - - - - -
"Take A Look Around" (featuring BJ The Chicago Kid & Bilal) - - - - -
2012 "Going To The Go-Go" (featuring Chuck Brown & DJ Kool) - - - - -
"Authentically You" (featuring Lady Alma) - - - - -
2014 "Everybody's Hustling" - - - - - A Couple Friends
"A Couple Friends" (featuring Valerie Simpson) - - - - -
"Call Me Crazy" - - - - -
"Get It, Got It" - - - - -
2016 "All My People" - - - - - Legacy of Love
2021 "Break It Down" - - - - - Auntie & Unc

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fatin Dantzler Biography". thehistorymakers.org. The History Makers. Retrieved 2017-09-23.
  2. ^ "Aja Graydon biography". thehistorymakers.org. The History Makers.
  3. ^ "Kindred the Family Soul – Full Biography". MTV. Retrieved 2008-05-10.
  4. ^ "2004 Soul Train Music Awards Nominees". Billboard. February 19, 2004. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ Mitchell, Gail (May 16, 2006). "Jamie, Mary, Missy, Busta Lead BET Nominations". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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