Have you been wondering where the love and values are in R&B?
Philly husband-and-wife-duo Kindred The Family Soul are on the verge of returning to put a little love and life back on the scene with a new album called A Couple Friends.
Fatin and Aja Dantzler have been married for almost 20 years and have six children, all the while working together as a hitmaking duo; their successful marriage is a testament to being a couple who are also friends and partners. Their website has become a hub for many people who are dealing with the same struggles or who simply see in Kindred The Family Soul inspiration to do the same. On June 10, 2014, Shanachie Entertainment will release a new album A Couple Friends, their latest installment in their ongoing love story.
"The last CD was more concept-driven and full of features," Fatin Dantzler explains, "but this CD reminds me more of our first CD. We recorded a few songs then stopped recording for almost a year then picked up where we left off and records just started to pour out like a well. I feel growth in the record for us. It's still the same 'us' but more seasoned. We've been together a long time and we know each other extremely well."
Along with producers such as Vidal Davis and Andre Harris (Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius), Anthony Bell (Jaheim, Estelle), James Poyser (John Legend, The Roots) and Steve McKie (Bilal, Jazmine Sullivan), Kindred wrote or co-wrote all the songs on the album, which, with the extra time, were able to really dig in yet take their time to make sure a quality project. The
"This is the first time we've been able to write and record an album when I haven't been expecting a baby or just had one!" adds Aja Dantzler.
Along with the album coming in June, be on the lookout for a 22-minute short film featuring material from the upcoming album.
"Touching people with genuine emotion and true-to-life lyrical content has always been our mission," Fatin says. "We want people to know that soul music has not left the building. We are here to stay and are carrying on the tradition!"