Kindred The Family Soul and Conya Doss
Soulgigs and Biggs present a night of the finest neo soul at Hideaway with Kindred The Family Soul and singer Conya Doss.
Husband and wife Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon seemingly came out of nowhere in 2003 to release what was likely the most critically acclaimed soul album of that year, ‘Surrender to Love’, under their moniker Kindred the Family Soul.
Evoking the sounds of an updated Womack and Womack but with the underlying joyousness of Ashford & Simpson, the duo was a breath of fresh air as they sang of their deep love for each other and their family, even while acknowledging the challenging, often monotonous existence of daily life.
So, what is their lyrical thesis?
"There is more to a relationship than just the hook-up and the break-up. Most R&B songs are either about ‘I just met you and I'm falling in love’ or ‘I'm done with you and what the hell happened to us?' But there's nothing in between. No room to talk about things outside of lustful love, the temptations and the profundity of love. There's also the beauty of relationships and what they can bring about and what emerges from them."
The duo married in the late 90's and began performing around Philadelphia. They became friends with Jill Scott and she helped them land a contract with Hidden Beach Records in 2003.
Following the great critical success of Surrender to Love and the smash hit ‘Far Away’, the group have released eight studio albums to critical acclaim.
Conya Doss has a voice that sounds like it’s both from the past and future. By drawing on her classical, blues, R&B and rock influences she collectively and seamlessly creates great music.
Perhaps it was the birth of her son Landon Blu in 2010 that helped to provide inspiration for her fresh material, which is filled with bolts of newfound creativity.
Doss has been juggling her responsibilities as teacher, mother and artist. “It’s been a challenge trying to effectively balance all of these things, but I’ve been patient with myself and this project,” explains the songbird.
Conya’s new single ‘I’m Trying’ is out now, giving an insightful appetiser into the highly anticipated studio album set for release Summer 2018.