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KINDRED THE FAMILY SOUL 2011 SOULMUSIC.COM INTERVIEW
THIS FAMILY HAS SOUL, BUT SIX IS IT
Fatin and Aja Dantzler make up the husband-and-wife team known to their fans as Kindred The Family Soul. With the release of their fourth studio album entitled “Love Has No Recession”, Kindred continues to remain true to the music as well as their family. Akim Bryant caught up with them recently for an extremely in-depth conversation about their house of love...


Akim Bryant: All right, welcome to SoulMusic.com for another interview installment, this time with husband and wife duo Kindred The Family Soul. They made their debut back in 2003 and have been very busy since then, not just with the music but also building and maintaining their family life, which in turn of course shines through in their music also. So how you guys doing?

Fatin Dantzler: We’re doing great, man.

AB: What did you say, Aja?

Aja Dantzler: I said fantastic.

AB: Awesome—I love that word. So this is your fifth album coming up that’s going to be released on July 26th, right?

Fatin: Actually it’s our fourth studio album.

AB: Fourth, okay. So you had SURRENDER TO LOVE, which was in 2003, that was the debut; IN THIS LIFE TOGETHER—

Fatin: In 2005.

AB: HOUSE OF LOVE?

Fatin: No, actually that’s THE ARRIVAL—“House Of Love” was a single on the album THE ARRIVAL; that was in 2007, and then this current album, LOVE HAS NO RECESSION.

AB: So LOVE HAS NO RECESSION, and you guys kicked it off with the lead single “You Got Love” featuring the incredible Mr. Snoop Dogg. So how did that first single come about?

Fatin: It came about through a mutual friend we both had in common who kind of connected us in actuality, but genuinely it came from just an appreciation for each other’s music. We could not front that Snoop Dogg is a force to be reckoned with in hip-hop music, and we’ve enjoyed a lot of his tunes throughout his career just as everybody has, and when the opportunity came to work together I realized he had a great appreciation for soul music and you see it all in his music: you see it in his imagery all the time—he wears it on his sleeve that he loves great music, and it’s outside of just the realm of hip-hop. So he came to our world; we didn’t necessarily have to go into the gangsta-hip-hop world in order to make a song with Snoop or to be on the hook. He came to a song that we did that he liked that represented who we were and put his spin and his touch on it. And I think that it came out really great, and we were proud to be able to put it on the album and to put it out as a single.

AB: I think it was a great marriage. Like you said, he brought his own flavour to what you guys do as opposed to trying to do the hip-hop-gangsta thing.

Fatin: Absolutely.

Aja: And recently, of course, his image has changed quite a bit as he’s gotten more familiar with his family and his wife and his dynamics and his life and whatnot. I think people were not shocked to hear him come from that place.

AB: Yeah, because he had also done that Charlie Wilson record, also involving his wife in the video and things like that, so I don’t think it’s a great surprise that Snoop is showing the love.

Fatin: Absolutely, baby. I hear you.

AB: And you have a ton of features on this new album coming up from Raheem DeVaughn to Rich Medina, Ursula Rucker… how did all that stuff come about? The concept behind the album?

Fatin: Well, all of these people for the most part are friends of ours in one way or another, or they’re our musical peers, whether we have a relationship with them where we talk to them every single day or not. We have, again, a mutual respect for what each other does, so it was just a natural progression in terms of working with a lot of those different artists. And it’s also a return to the energy of what we did with our first album: during our first album, a lot of the different artists who were actually on our album, whether people realise it or not, are now established artists, from the Jill Scott’s to the Marsha Ambrosius’s to the Vivian Green’s, Musiq Soulchild, Bilal—all of those people were in the studio during the making of the first album. This album was similar in the sense of we asked these people to be a part of what we were doing, as opposed to them just hanging out in the studio and ending up on a track. But it just was natural; it called for a guest appearance. I feel like it was a movie where there’s bit parts and roles, but there are featured actors, and me and Aja are the lead actors of this CD but we have a lot of guest appearances and cameos and just different people who added a different element to the records and to the scene that really brought life and another energy into the picture and completed the setting and the scenario. I’m really, really proud of the features and I don’t think they’re overbearing, even though in saying that there are many of them. But they all just fit into that puzzle.

Aja: People have constantly asked us over the years, “Who do you guys want to work with, who do you guys want to work with?” and in the past, we really have not had a lot of guest appearances: one, maybe two per album. And we loved in the past, like you said, to involve people who weren’t necessarily mainstream, so that we give opportunities to people who we thought were just dope. So that’s kind of been our MO in the past, but this time around I guess we did say, “Hey, look—who do we think is hot? Who do we like, who are our friends? Who do we feel could really bring something special to what we’re doing” And these people came into fruition as we were thinking who would bring what to the table.

Fatin: The funny thing is how many more features would be on the record had they all worked out, to be honest. And I still would feel the same way, because I feel like we had these nooks and crannies in the record that required these things, and that it would just make sense in bringing a certain element to the records. Hopefully of course everybody else will feel the same way, but I guess that remains to be seen and to be heard.

AB: Yeah, definitely. So what is that approach like for you guys when it comes to an album? Do you try to keep it as organic as possible, or do you come with a set concept?

Aja: We’ve done it both ways, actually. We’ve just gone to the studio to see what’s going to come out. But I will say that all the albums end up being somewhat concept-driven at some point. They might not have started out that way from the very, very beginning, but eventually we had a concept and moved with it. With the first album, it was about that discovery of love and what it could bring to your life if you just let it in—that’s really where the SURRENDER TO LOVE concept came from was from sitting down and talking about subject matter and what the overall vibe of the album was. By the time we got to this album, it definitely started more so with the concept, because of just the importance and the dynamic time that we’re living in—it caused for speaking on it, so that’s where we found ourselves in that position where as artists, how could you let a time like now go by and not address it? So that’s really more so this time where it came to be a concept, more so from the inception of the album. But generally speaking, I think we just try to open ourselves up to what we’re feeling and then formulate the concept around that.

AB: Now I know you guys have your personal disagreements at times, but do you ever fight about the direction of the music?

Aja: We’ve had disagreements about certain directions of the music, about certain things, but I think generally speaking as far as creativity is concerned, we have pretty much seen eye to eye as far as where we want to go musically. The one thing I will say in the past that’s been interesting is that Fatin really comes from a hip-hop background, whereas even to this day still people don’t know about him that he works with a lot of hip-hop artists and does hooks and stuff like that. So he had a real hip-hop sensibility to the way that he writes and the way that he does things, whereas I am not necessarily coming from that standpoint. So I would think that probably in the past we tried to incorporate both things into what we do, but I think overall that he would probably feel even moreso that we really delve deep into what he’s really capable of doing if it was a little more track-driven, which is why IN THIS LIFE TOGETHER is a slightly more track-driven album than the first one, which was extremely live. This one, I think, and THE ARRIVAL were a good mixture of both.

AB: Very cool. So does Kindred represent the couple or the band?

Fatin: That’s a good question, man—that’s a very good question. I think that it encompasses both, in retrospect. I think it was that we were a couple is we wanted to project through the music and through the name—that people would get that before they got us. But I don’t think that that necessarily translated. I think that there are people who might think we’re a gospel group; there are people who think we’re an inspirational group—they don’t always understand exactly what it means. Or people who think that our name is too long… all of that instead of the space in which we created it. Initially we were just Kindred, but for purposes in terms of copyrighting and trademarking the name and da-da-da we had to add something to it. So we felt like we added another moniker to the name to further identify what we were trying to say; and then of course adding the genre of music that we felt like we did to it, which was soul, we wanted to keep that. So I would have to say really that it’s more that it’s all-encompassing. But then there’s this thing where when we started, we had this huge band of ten individuals who we really felt like they were Kindred The Family Soul with us—and we wanted to be that new Earth, Wind & Fire, that Maze, and we pushed the record label to keep everybody on board. But it wasn’t realistic then and it definitely wasn’t realistic in this current marketplace. So the realization of that it is me and Aja at the forefront of what we do, and though we love our band, they may not be the same guys every year or every show. So keeping that unit and that core of this whole thing together was very difficult.

Aja: Can I chime in a little bit?

Fatin: Yeah, please.

Aja: I think that Kindred, just like every artist… everything you start out wanting to be, it morphs and changes. It’s never exactly what you think it’s going to be. In the beginning it’s one thing, and then it morphs. I always look at Pink, for example, and I think the whole vision of who she was when she first came out was just indicative of where she was at the time and who she was working with. As she’s evolved as an artist, she has morphed and changed into many, many different things—many different things, but that’s all very much her.

Fatin: Yeah, but when you’re a white artist you get that opportunity a little bit more, I think, I’m sorry to say, to evolve a lot more in this life. You can’t stretch your wings that far when you’re an urban soul artist.

Aja: Well, I’m just using the example in terms of how—

Fatin: I understood what you meant…

Aja: If you had asked us nine years ago we probably would have said that Kindred represented one thing whereas now, Kindred represents so much more and a lot of different things. At this juncture I would say that Kindred—in terms of the couple or the band—that it is really a hybrid of both, because it’s even turned into more of a way of life in a kind of a movement, a kind of a way that people identify themselves. Kindred fans are certain people, and they live a lifestyle that makes them really identify with who we are and what we’re about.

AB: Now I have a follow-up question based on your fans: do either of you experience groupies?

Fatin: Yeah, but not the kind—

Aja: The older ladies do really like my husband, I will have to say.

Fatin: This girl’s crazy.

Aja: I will say that Fatin does have a little group of daddy Kindred love bugs that really do love him.

Fatin: Oh gosh, she is crazy.

AB: I love it.

Fatin: She is crazy; she is crazy. It just don’t come with that… it’s a respectful thing, man. And that’s the whole thing—maybe it’s who we are, maybe it’s what we’re projecting, I don’t really know. And maybe it’s the grace of God protecting our family and our marriage up until this point, and what we say we do and represent in the kind of business and industry we’re in, but we have been shielded and guarded from the disrespectful “I don’t care if that’s your husband, I don’t care if that’s your wife” kind of connection from the fans. I know that that exists for certain artists and perhaps that’s an element of their imagery that makes them open and susceptible to that kind of behaviour, but for the most part, definitely when we’re together… it’s funny, because just yesterday I was out at a festival, an event and there were all these people out there, and I see a friend or whatever and he motions me over. You know that kind of thing when there’s somebody that people know and somebody wants to let everybody else know that that’s who’s there, by singing their songs and all that kind of stuff? That kind of thing was happening, and people—their first question to me when I’m alone is always, “Where’s your wife?”

AB: The number-one question.

Fatin: And I don’t know if she gets the exact same question, but it’s like we’re never apart. It’s like, “Oh, I love your wife!” So we’re very fortunate.

Aja: We do have some pretty, I would say, dedicated fans—people who are really, really into what we do, but Fatin and I welcome that enthusiasm. We’ve never had anybody real crazy. But because we live in Philly and we live in the city, a lot of them know where we live, and that can be kind of drama where we have people-who, like, know-us-but-we-don’t-know-them type of thing.

AB: Showing up on your doorstep.

Aja: “Yeah I drove past the crib, I didn’t see y’all out there.” So sometimes that can be a little crazy, but…

Fatin: “UPS man was by your house today. Did you pick up that package?”

AB: [laughs] Oh, my God.

Fatin: “Saw that slip on your door. That’s a big cheque!”

Aja: But I always describe us as being the friendly neighbourhood soul singers, and it’s like, we live in the ‘hood where everybody else live at, you know what I mean? I mean it’s not “the ‘hood”, but—

Fatin: Yes, it is [laughs]. It’s our ‘hood.

AB: The neighbourhood.

Aja: We like the fact that people, they see us—they see us at the grocery store, at the gas station, they like, “What’s up?” and they give us the “Are you…?” And I always go, “Uh, yeah.” Or sometimes I go, “I get that all the time.”

Fatin: Yeah, yeah. Every now and then I ask my brother, “Who? You look like who? I never heard of him.”

AB: So is it also—and I’m sure it pretty much is maybe an obvious question, but do you guys feel like you represent what the concept of black love should be, much like Barack and Michelle or even Jay and Beyoncé?

Aja: Oooh can I answer that one?

Fatin: Go ahead, baby. I think it’s probably better if she answers, ’cause that’s a heavy one.

Aja: No, I’m going to turn this thing on its ear a little bit. Black love and being some representation for black love, I don’t think it’s something that is so easy to define. Because you’re a couple and people know you, that doesn’t immediately make you an example for anything. I do think that generally what we creatively stand for and the energy from our art that we put out there, I feel that probably makes us a strong statement for what a lot of black families are experiencing and what they’re about. So it just more so doesn’t make us an example, but it makes us… not an example for everyone to follow, but it makes us something to say, “Hey, I know these people exist. You keep saying that they’re not around but they’re around, and not only do they make music that reflects what other families are going through, but those families also buy that music and they are an intricate part of every community.” So in that way I see that that’s what we are.

Fatin: You should qualify for the program.

Aja: Yeah, I don’t know what Barack and Michelle go through; I don’t know what their love is like, but I know that what they say they stand for and what they are as people in terms of what they show us says, “Okay, these people exist. This couple that can ascend to the highest office in the land exists.” I don’t want to keep just looking at them because I don’t know them, but I know that what they’re about is real.

AB: Okay, and that’s a real response. And definitely, you guys have been doing this documentary called “Six Is It” online, and it’s been documenting some pretty real situations, especially one in particular: I had to watch the entire episode from the very top to the very end of you, Fatin, getting your vasectomy.

Fatin: [laughs] Yeah. Yeah, buddy.

AB: So can you just explain to the audience how it is this whole documentary thing came about and where it is today?

Fatin: To make a long story short, basically it started where I taped my son’s response at a football game of telling him that we were having another boy in the family, which was our 6th child. And much like everybody with a little camera phone or cell phone camera or whatever at your disposal and you want to capture a moment with your family; something special to show to his mother to see what his reaction was, and his reaction was so genuine, so pure and a part of my life, in some ways I felt like it kind of represented our music, in that way that people always ask us, how do we do it? How do we get it done?—just wanting to know a little more about who we are and how we make music and raise a family. I thought it was a special moment. It kind of morphed from presenting that into more: I got a Flip camera, just started taping little bits and things, segments of the house and stuff that we were going through; different shows. We had always been recording our lives and our live shows and different things along the way, and different people have been taping a lot of our story, so that wasn’t anything new; it was just the whole thing of it not being someone else actually taping me but us taping it ourselves. So it was like we turning the camera on ourselves, so that way there was no acting involved. It’s always a genuine moment, I like to believe. And I say also that it’s like a moving photo album as opposed to a photo shoot that we get all dressed up and put a camera, and we know exactly how we look and we set it all up. It’s just like when you take a picture of yourself with your phone and put it on Facebook—just that. We edit it, but it’s taking a picture with your phone on the family. Like I said, we edit it and we put it together, and we’ve been doing it for about three seasons now. That was just a real moment in my life, like we documented Aja having the baby. We didn’t desire to have any more children and we put this show out called “Six Is It”. I know we’ve had other children—in the past when we had three children we didn’t think we were going to have any more, and God blessed us and we had four and five, and then we had six. But we don’t want to have more God-willing, so the only way to stop that was of course either Aja getting her tubes tied, or getting one of those crazy things that you gotta do to your… you know, there’s a lot of complications to; or me getting a vasectomy. And even though it was rough, kind of a hard pill to swallow, it was the best decision to make for our family and I think it was a wise decision and I’m proud of it. I just wanted to show people that it ain’t that bad.

AB: I really congratulate you on doing that, because it shed some real light onto a real situation onto a real family dealing with real issues. And six is a lot—it’s a big responsibility.

Fatin: That could have been the name of the show too [laughs].

Aja: Six is a lot—six is a whole lot!

Fatin: Word up.

AB: So when it comes to touring and things like that, do you take your family with you on the road, or how does that work out?

Fatin: Not all the time. Me and Aja, thankfully we do a lot of our working business for real, for real, on the weekends. Throughout the week of course we have appearances and different things we have to do, but for the most part a lot of that you can do in a couple of hours.

Aja: Yeah, but in the past when we’ve done full-fledged touring, we’ve had family that has really stepped up and cared for the children in our absence—our mothers, and my brother used to travel with us when I had small children. But in the time that we had infants I’ve always breastfed, so I always had to travel with my infants until they all were pretty much off breast milk. In that instance we always would travel once I had a baby. We went back on the road as soon as three, four months—in fact with my firstborn daughter, we were back on the road two weeks after she was born.

Fatin: We was down at the Essence Fest, getting it in, in New Orleans. The bills had to get paid—we was out and we had to do it. They said, “Come on down.” We was like, “Baby, are you ready? Are you cool?” She said, “I’m ready and we cool. Let’s do it.” So we did it. Thankfully God was willing and the creek didn’t rise…and we was all right. Makin’ it happen, brother.

AB: Definitely, definitely. And I have a question for you, Aja: coming from the standpoint of a female and just knowing how difficult it is nowadays for females to find the right mate to spend the rest of their lives with, how many bad apples did you have to go through before you eventually found your good one?

Fatin: I’m closin’ my ears on this one—I’m closin’ my ears.

Aja: That’s the part y’all don’t understand. I basically picked the apple I liked, turned it around, saw that it had a bad spot, bit it out, rubbed it off and made the best out of what I had [laughs].

Fatin: You bit my back out? You bit my back out? And waited for it to heal. That’s terrible.

Aja: You know what? It’s interesting because Fatin and I got married very young. I think there is a misconception about my age amongst my fans: I’m thirty-two and I’ve been married for thirteen years, so y’all can do the math with that one. So I got married actually quite young. I had only been in one other serious relationship before I married my husband. I think that more so than anything, when you’re young, you’re brave enough to go with your gut. You might be a little stupid too, because you don’t understand the full extent of what you’re getting into, but at least you’re not scared and have a lot of baggage and are worried about what happened before, and this, that and the other; and you don’t have a whole bunch of emotional crap that you have to go through. You just feel what feels really right to you and you’re not afraid to go for it. I think that’s a lot of what happened with me. I do find that sometimes with a lot of women that I know, they may have a lot of past experiences that keep them from being open. But I do think as far as from a female aspect of me finding who I wanted, I didn’t let anything scare me away. I think I’ve always been brave about love—and I think I can say that about myself without sounding, I guess, haughty or whatever—but I think I’ve always been very brave. I never let anything about my husband that I didn’t like scare me away. I think I always just met everything head on, and I understood what was special about us no matter what was going on; whether we were at our happiest or whether or not we were arguing. So I guess that works for other people. I really shy away from telling other women what to do. I know what works for me in terms of I did always trust my gut and I didn’t let anything scare me; I always just tried my best to see things with a loving eye. And that’s about it. Maybe sometimes that helped me and maybe sometimes it didn’t—I really don’t know. I know that this morning I woke up and my husband was there, and I think that he loves me the same that he did then. And I think that’s a win.

AB: Yes it is, a big win. That’s dope; that’s dope. And I think love always—it’s a cliché, but I guess it really does conquer all, especially when you’re coming from that position.

Aja: Although I will say this much: love conquers all, but I do think that life is full of some very complex situations and I don’t think that people should shy away from dealing with that. I’ve seen a lot of couples benefit from third-party interventions. People shouldn’t be scared of counseling before, after, during, whenever they come in contact with another human being, and even before they come in contact with another human being. I think those things are helpful. We all have a lot of things that we deal with in our lives and they can be a little complex. So yes, love does conquer all, but a good conversation, a good chance to vent I think can really help no matter what.

AB: Yeah, because no one can do it by themselves completely all the time.

Aja: Yeah. Fatin and I, when we first got married, I always say his mother was like our therapist. She helped us to navigate through what is always a confusing time, I think, for couples is that first one to three years of marriage.

AB: When most marriages fall apart, yeah.

Aja: Absolutely.

Fatin: Yeah, we was connected at the hip, too.

AB: All right, yeah. Does it get easier once you get over that hump?

Aja: In some ways it does; in some ways it gets more complex. But I do think what you do do—and there’s no way around this—the longer you are together, you learn each other, and what you know about each other is real. It’s not made-up. This is experience that you’ve had with this other person and no one can take that away. It’s like being on a job: you can’t be on a job for twenty years and not know that job backward and forward. And that’s just really what I think time does—it doesn’t necessarily make anything you go through in life less complex, it just simply makes you more equipped to handle complex situations with that person.

AB: Very cool. So to touch back on the music, when it comes to individual songs that you guys are writing together and you want to come together when it’s time to record the song, how do you decide who’s going to sing lead, or that it’s going to be the two of you, or just one of you… how does that work out?

Fatin: In most instances we write what we sing—in most instances. There are occasions when Aja has written a song, almost a full song, and it’s like, “Oh, that is just a great song. I’ll do this part, you do that part” kind of thing. Or it could be vice versa: I could have written a song, or written the hook and the verses, and then you [Aja] just fill in your parts. So it just kind of happens no set way, but we write our material for the most part. In the past people have given us a song—I think we’ve recorded a song or two that has belonged to someone else that they actually penned it—we didn’t pen it but we felt like it still represented who we were. But we’re not really the kind of artists who open our projects up to, “Hey, all the writers come on down and write something for us. This is what we’re feeling, make it happen.” We’ve expressed ourselves and our emotions from what we have experienced and what we see and what we feel, and we set it to the music. We try to deliver it as passionately as we possibly can, and we work together as a team to make the best possible product.

AB: And then just to wrap it up here, your second album, IN THIS LIFE TOGETHER, you guys named it after the Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee autobiography.

Fatin: We did.

AB: So what was the connection there? What was so special about that that attracted you guys to that title?

Aja: Everybody needs a hero, and our hero in terms of what we really wanted to accomplish with our marriage and our career is we felt that we had a lot to learn from any couple that could say, “Hey, we’ve been married for fifty-plus years and we’ve been in the business fifty-plus years, and the majority of that time we’ve been in the business as a couple.” And that to us was an ultimate kind of hero situation in terms of who we had to look up to. We also realized that a lot of couples would come up to us and say, “We really look up to y’all.” And we were like, “Well, who do we look up to?” And that really for us was an opportunity to show respect, to hip other people to what is a real accomplishment, which is fifty years and not five, you know what I’m saying? So for us, we just wanted to make a statement about what real longevity was about and what our goal was, and that as we were living our life together and moving on from being newlyweds, that our ultimate goal was to be together and to look back on a half a century together.

AB: That’s amazing. That is amazing, and it rarely happens these days, but it’s definitely possible and I think you guys are proof positive of that.

Fatin: Thank you.

AB: Definitely. Is there anything else that you’d like to share about Kindred or the new album, LOVE HAS NO RECESSION?

Aja: That the album is out July 26th, and you may feel free to buy more than one copy if you like.

AB: Exactly, for your family and friends.

Fatin: I should also mention that it’s not something you really addressed in the interview, not that you had to, but that this is our first album on a new record label and we are parting ways from the three records that we had already done previously with Hidden Beach Records—which we’re still eternally grateful to them for the launching pad and for the direction and the guidance under which they had us, and all of the different energy and efforts they put into those projects and trying to help us along in our career. We are grateful to them for that. But we needed to move forward and try something different, and we moved forward with Purpose Records/Shanachie on this new project and they’ve been very supportive of what we’re doing thus far—and really out the gate have shown us that they have genuine belief in the project and what we’re doing. We’re very excited about that, and the new energy in which everything that’s happening with the new record and what-have-you. So we definitely want to give them some love and some energy, as well as SoulMusic.com and David Nathan and everybody over there on the staff at SoulMusic for their support. We just genuinely appreciate you guys and thank y’all for rocking with us. And hopefully we can continue to bring quality songs and music to the community and keep doing what we’re doing, ’cause we love it and we genuinely appreciate what we’re doing and are thankful that we get the opportunity to do it. So thank y’all.

AB: You two have been extremely consistent over these past three albums coming into your fourth, so I think the music will always be there and I think you guys will always be there. And congrats on everything. I love the family life, I love what you guys represent, especially on the love level, and just continue to do what you do. Definitely everybody needs to go out and pick up that LOVE HAS NO RECESSION on July 26th as soon as it drops. I’m definitely looking forward to it. What’s the best way for your fans to keep in touch with you?

Aja: They can look us up on our website, kindredthefamilysoul.com, which always keeps updates on all of our touring. It also has blogs, pictures, and the people doing the website have the opportunity to also share: we love our fans to post their photos of their families when they come out to shows and the whole nine. They can also catch up on all three seasons of “Six Is It”. And then of course we are also on Facebook and Twitter: you can follow Fatin at @kindredthefam, and you can follow me simultaneously @kindredthewife.

AB: All right.

Aja: That’s a lot of stuff, huh?

AB: I like it, I like it.

Fatin: Yeah, we everywhere.

AB: Gotta make it happen. So thanks again for taking this time to do this interview with SoulMusic.com, and yes, I think you’re in a great situation. I know George Littlejohn over there at Purpose Records, and he is a great guy and is truly committed to the music and can’t wait to see what you guys accomplish with this new album.

Fatin: Thank you, man. We appreciate it.

AB: Indeed. All right, so enjoy your day.

Fatin: All right, God bless, man. Talk to you soon.

Aja: Thank you, y’all. Take care.

AB: All right, thank you.

Born and raised in Newark, N.J., Akim Bryant received his B.A. in Communication from William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J. Akim is an entertainment/media professional with over 10 years of work experience as a music programmer (radio & video) for Music Choice and as a freelance writer. For further inquiries, he can be reached directly at akim.bryant@gmail.com

About the Writer
With nearly a decade of experience in programming content for Music Choice (24/7 music channels, cable-on-demand shows, website and cell), Akim Bryant has just begun to scratch the surface of journalism having already written for GIANT and The Source magazines as well as a number of start-up publications. This self-professed R&B junkie also has a strong knack for the art of interviewing. Be on the lookout for his semi-autobiographical debut novel coming out in 2012.
  
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