If you live in their Philadelphia neighborhood, it’s possible you may see Aja and Fatin Dantzler going about their daily errands, picking up and dropping off their children, hanging out at a neighborhood festival or going about the business of heading to a studio or airport for their next recording session or tour. They are celebrities but accessible ones – jus’ folks but with a talent that separates them from their peers.
The duo, who have six children together, have been married for 17 years (18 on September 19th) but singing together longer than that and have just released their sixth studio album, Legacy Of Love. The first single “All My People,” along with the album, is climbing the radio and streaming charts. Kindred’s music has a contemporary feel, for sure, but it also hearkens back to the days when you could hear albums played on a turntable instead of a device. They are part of the Philadelphia soul renaissance that also brought you Boyz II Men, Jill Scott, Musiq and Bilal and was that was inspired by homegrown superstars like Patti Labelle, Teddy Pendergrass and the entire Philadelphia International Records roster led by legendary producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
I chatted with them recently about music, love, life and marriage.
Buy the Kindred album, and connect with them via social media by heading to their official website HERE.
BAW: Does ‘all my people” have a different meaning now than when you got started?