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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Musician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Cake (Chocolate)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
Goodness Goodnight.

Birthplace

Born:
9/25/1978
Birth Location:
Los Angeles, California

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Musician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Cake (Chocolate)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
Goodness Goodnight.

Birthplace

Born:
9/25/1978
Birth Location:
Los Angeles
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Biography

Singer and songwriter Aja Graydon was born on September 25, 1978 in Los Angeles, California. At the age of fifteen, Graydon secured a recording contract with Delicious Vinyl. After the dissolution of her deal with the Los Angeles-based independent label, Dantzler migrated to Philadelphia, recording music with the burgeoning hip-hop group "The Roots." In 1997, Graydon met Fatin Dantzler, her future husband and primary musical collaborator and two years later, they married. The couple formed "Kindred the Family Soul," a classic soul and R&B music group. After being discovered by R&B legend Jill Scott at a Philadelphia music showcase, Kindred signed a recording contract with Hidden Beach Recordings (HBR) in 2001. In March 2003, the group released its first studio album titled, Surrender to Love, which peaked to seven and twenty nine on the Billboard Heatseekers and R&B albums’ charts, respectively. Two years later, the duo released their second studio album, In This Life Together, which climbed to number fifteen on the Billboard R&B chart. In 2006, Kindred’s song "My Time" was named the official song of the National Education Association’s Read Across America campaign. Kindred then released The Arrival, its third album on Hidden Beach, in 2008. The album rose to number seven on the Billboard R&B albums’ chart. The duo released its fourth album Love Has No Recession in 2011, which rose to number nineteen and fifteen on the R&B and Independent Albums’ charts, respectively. The group also launched a web-based reality television show in 2010.

Graydon and her husband have garnered critical acclaim for their work as "Kindred the Family Soul." In 2003, the duo garnered a Soul Train nomination. Three years later, Kindred was nominated for a BET Award. Graydon and Dantzler have worked with Grammy Award-winning recording artists like Jill Scott, India.Arie, The Roots and Snoop Dogg. Fatin and Dantzler reside in Philadelphia and have six children.

Aja Graydon was interviewed by the The HistoryMakers on May 22, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Aja Graydon's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Aja Graydon lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Aja Graydon describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Aja Graydon talks about her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Aja Graydon describes her mother's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Aja Graydon talks about her mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Aja Graydon describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Aja Graydon remembers her paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Aja Graydon talks about her father's imprisonment and career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Aja Graydon talks about her father's occupation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Aja Graydon recalls how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Aja Graydon describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Aja Graydon talks about her early household
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Aja Graydon describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Aja Graydon describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Aja Graydon remembers the black culture in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Aja Graydon describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Aja Graydon describes the geography of Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Aja Graydon remembers her teachers at Robert Brent Elementary School in Washington, D.C., pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Aja Graydon remembers her teachers at Robert Brent Elementary School in Washington, D.C., pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Aja Graydon describes the Children's Urban Arts Ensemble
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Aja Graydon recalls attending the Maret School in Washington, D.C., pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Aja Graydon recalls attending the Maret School, Washington, D.C., pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Aja Graydon talks about her family's move to Alexandria, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Aja Graydon describes her favorite musical artists
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Aja Graydon recalls the start of her career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Aja Graydon describes her first record deal with Delicious Vinyl in 1994
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Aja Graydon talks about her challenges in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Aja Graydon recalls working with songwriter Eugene Hanes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Aja Graydon describes her experiences as a young songwriter
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Aja Graydon describes meeting and working with her husband Fatin Dantzler
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Aja Graydon recalls performing at the Black Lily showcase at Five Spot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Aja Graydon talks about the significance of the Black Lily showcase
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Aja Graydon describes her first project with Hidden Beach Recordings
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Aja Graydon describes the first Kindred the Family Soul album, 'Surrender to Love'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Aja Graydon remembers the song and music video for 'Far Away'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Aja Graydon talks about her musical influences
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Aja Graydon remembers the creative disagreements while recording 'Surrender to Love'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Aja Graydon describes the accomplishments of Kindred the Family Soul
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Aja Graydon recalls the closing of Five Spot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Aja Graydon talks about the second Kindred the Family Soul album, 'In This Life Together'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Aja Graydon describes the influence of the song "My Time"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Aja Graydon recalls the birth of her twins
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Aja Graydon describes the third Kindred the Family Soul album, 'The Arrival'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Aja Graydon remembers the 2008 presidential election of Barack Obama
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Aja Graydon describes her family's web show 'Six Is It'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Aja Graydon talks about the challenges of raising a family as a performing artist
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Aja Graydon describes the Cedar Park neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Aja Graydon talks about the fourth Kindred Family Soul album 'Love Has No Recession'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Aja Graydon describes her future plans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Aja Graydon recalls founding the media company, Media Shack
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Aja Graydon shares her views on contemporary music
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Aja Graydon describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Aja Graydon reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Aja Graydon reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Aja Graydon describes her children
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Aja Graydon shares a story about her wedding ring
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Aja Graydon describes how she would like to be remembered