Surrender to Love

Surrender to Love

by Kindred the Family Soul



As did their Philadelphia soul sister Jill Scott with her breakthrough 2000 debut, married duo Kindred the Family Soul arrive on the contemporary R&B scene like a much-needed breath of fresh air with Surrender to Love. What Scott did for black women, Kindred (husband and wife Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon) aim to do for the loving black family, surely an underserved sector of the urban music market. Their wedded bliss and romance-filled lyrics will likely draw comparisons between them and legendary lovers Ashford & Simpson. But Kindred, anchored by a rousing 11-piece-band, are equally informed by the energy and spirit of '70s soul acts such as Earth, Wind, & Fire and Rufus. Known for their church revival–like shows, the duo give listeners a taste of their live vibe on the funky call for equality "Don't Wanna Suffer" and the horn-infused jam "Party's Over," featuring rapper Flo Brown. Throughout Surrender to Love, Dantzler (whose style is reminiscent of Teddy Pendergrass) and Graydon (a virtual ringer for Scott) sing convincingly -- as parents of two -- about the challenges and splendor of family life. Mellower highlights include lounge-set songs such as "Far Away," "Rhythm of Life," and "We." On the latter, a string-laden track featuring poet Ursula Rucker, Kindred sing in unison: "We is a beautiful thing / You and me is a beautiful thing." And in a society where black family structure is often portrayed as nonexistent, Kindred's touching testament to love is vital. However, these soul mates will inspire all couples, regardless of race, to Surrender to Love.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2003
Label: Hidden Beach
UPC: 0696998649125
catalogNumber: 86491


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kindred the Family Soul   Primary Artist
Yvonne Gage   Background Vocals
Davis A. Barnett   Viola
Poogie Bell   Drums
Randy Bowland   Guitar
Doc Gibbs   Percussion
Larry Gold   Cello
Vivian Green   Background Vocals
Keith Henderson   Guitar
Richard Patterson   Bass
James Poyser   Percussion,Keyboards
Lil John Roberts   Drums
Paul Wertico   Percussion
Darren Robinson   Drums
Anthony Bell   fender rhodes
Fatin Dantzler   Vocals,Background Vocals
Emma Kummrow   Violin
Igor Szwec   Violin
Andre Harris   fender rhodes
Ivan Dupée   fender rhodes
Arlynne Page   Background Vocals
Damen Bennett   Flute
Thaddeus T. Tribbett   Bass
Jill Scott   Vocals
Richie Fudoli   Flute
Bilal   Vocals
Junius Bervine   Keyboards
Jeff Bradshaw   Trombone
Matt Cappy   Trumpet
Shawn Hibbler   Drums
Tomi Popovic   Guitar Effects
Carol Riddick   Vocals
Kareem Wells   Cymbals
Aja Graydon   Vocals,Group Member
Daud Elbakara   Trumpet
Omar Edwards   Keyboards
Curtis Chambers   Guitar
Jermaine Childs   Bass
Ben Johnson   Drums
Jazmine Sullivan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Elise Perry   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Larry Gold   String Arrangements
Dave Ivory   Producer,Engineer
Steve McKeever   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Richard Patterson   Horn Arrangements
James Poyser   Producer,Instrumentation
Jon Smeltz   Engineer
Mike Tarsia   Engineer
Anthony Bell   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Instrumentation
Ursula Rucker   Poetry
King Britt   Programming,Producer,Remixing
Fatin Dantzler   Art Direction
Andre Harris   Producer
Ivan Dupée   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
88-Keys   Producer
Vidal Davis   Producer
Thornell Jones   Art Direction
Kindred the Family Soul   Producer
Jeff Bradshaw   Horn Arrangements
Shawn Hibbler   Programming
Gus Rickette   drum programming
Jacob Robinson   Engineer
Aja Graydon   Art Direction
Michael Attardi   Engineer
Charles Whitfield   Administration
Frank Sutton   Engineer
Elise Perry   Producer

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Surrender to Love 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is funky, sexy, and slamming! If you have heard the likes of Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and D'Angelo, then you have got to check out Kindred the Family Soul. In addition to the soulful lyrics of their songs, they also have a band that won't quit (if you're into live bands). This is a must in any REAL music lover's library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this album because I'd read an article about them and got interested. They are on the same label as Jill Scott. The album is all about their love and respect for each other. All songs speak of positivity, family, warmth and togetherness. The plight of our world today is also a topic. All in all is very good first album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a modern soul album. Forget contemporary R&B acts trying to sound "old school." This is the real deal. There is remarkable musicianship and artistry at work. Usually I am a snob about music but this album gets better with every listen. It will still sound good in 10 years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard this group at the Essence Music Festival July 2002. They opened for Musiq Soulchild at the House of Blues. They are outstanding. Their chemistry leaps off stage into the soul of the audience. Not since Nick and Valerie have we been blessed with such a soulful union. Run, don't walk to your nearest record store and purchase Surrender to Love.