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Fatin Dantzler

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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
R & B Singer
Songwriter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
France
Favorite Quote:
Keep It 100.

Birthplace

Born:
12/7/1973
Birth Location:
Camden, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
R & B Singer
Songwriter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
France
Favorite Quote:
Keep It 100.

Birthplace

Born:
12/7/1973
Birth Location:
Camden
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Biography

Singer and songwriter Fatin Dantzler was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1973. Dantzler attended the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) before transferring to Overbrook High School. Dantzler began his musical career in the early 1990s as a performer with a group called "Side by Side." He also became a producer and songwriter, contributing to the 1993 album by R&B pop stars "Bell Biv DeVoe." Dantzler left "Side by Side" to pursue songwriting and producing opportunities and later becoming affiliated with burgeoning Philadelphia hip-hop group "The Roots." In 1997, Dantzler met his future wife and musical collaborator Aja Graydon and two years later, they went on to form an R&B and Soul music duo called "Kindred the Family Soul." After being discovered by Jill Scott at a Philadelphia music showcase, "Kindred" signed a recording contract with Hidden Beach Recordings (HBR) in 2001. In March of 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.

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


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

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Fatin Dantzler's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Fatin Dantzler lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Fatin Dantzler describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Fatin Dantzler describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Fatin Dantzler talks about his relationship with his biological father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Fatin Dantzler describes his relationship with his stepfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Fatin Dantzler describes how his mother met his father and stepfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Fatin Dantzler talks about his stepfather's incarceration
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Fatin Dantzler describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Fatin Dantzler lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Fatin Dantzler describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Fatin Dantzler descries the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Fatin Dantzler recalls his early musical influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Fatin Dantzler talks about his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Fatin Dantzler talks about his early experiences in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Fatin Dantzler describes his schooling, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Fatin Dantzler describes his schooling, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Fatin Dantzler describes his experiences of discrimination as a Muslim
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Fatin Dantzler remembers H. Rap Brown
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Fatin Dantzler recalls the music of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Fatin Dantzler remembers moving to Alabama with his stepfather and brother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Fatin Dantzler remembers the aftermath of his stepfather's arrest
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Fatin Dantzler talks about Thomas Fitzsimons Junior High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Fatin Dantzler remembers his classmates at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Fatin Dantzler remembers his musical mentor, George Williams III
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Fatin Dantzler recalls his expulsion from the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Fatin Dantzler remembers his music teacher, George E. Allen
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Fatin Dantzler talks about his performances at Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Fatin Dantzler recalls writing for Bell Biv DeVoe's 'Hootie Mack'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Fatin Dantzler remembers his first gold record
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Fatin Dantzler remembers his work with LaFace Records in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Fatin Dantzler describes his songwriting work in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Fatin Dantzler talks about his early work with The Roots
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Fatin Dantzler remembers meeting and marrying Aja Graydon
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Fatin Dantzler talks about the Black Lily showcase
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Fatin Dantzler remembers forming Kindred the Family Soul
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Fatin Dantzler remembers the Black Lily showcase, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Fatin Dantzler remembers the Black Lily showcase, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Fatin Dantzler talks about the early performances of Kindred the Family Soul
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Fatin Dantzler remembers signing a contract with Hidden Beach Recordings
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Fatin Dantzler describes Kindred the Family Soul's first album, 'Surrender to Love'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Fatin Dantzler remembers recording the album, 'Surrender to Love'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Fatin Dantzler recalls shooting the music video for 'Far Away'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Fatin Dantzler remembers Kindred the Family Soul's first tour
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Fatin Dantzler talks about the accomplishments of Kindred the Family Soul
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Fatin Dantzler talks about the album, 'In This Life Together'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Fatin Dantzler remembers reuniting the Black Lily
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Fatin Dantzler talks about the song, 'My Time'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Fatin Dantzler remembers the birth of his twin daughters
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Fatin Dantzler describes his family's reality web series, 'Six Is It'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Fatin Dantzler talks about balancing his family and career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Fatin Dantzler remembers Kenny Gamble
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Fatin Dantzler reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Fatin Dantzler reflects upon Kindred the Family Soul's discography
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Fatin Dantzler describes his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Fatin Dantzler describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Fatin Dantzler reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Fatin Dantzler reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Fatin Dantzler describes his children
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Fatin Dantzler describes how he would like to be remembered