The City of Brotherly love has birthed some of the greatest soulsters and Kindred, the husband-and-wife duo, is one of them. As loving parents of five, Aja Graydon and Fatin Dantzler have learned to balance life in the fickle music biz and still maintain their home, but not without some adversity. ESSENCE.com caught up with the lovely couple who shared their love story in their own words.
“[When we met] it was not love at first sight, but I did love his voice,” says Aja. “He was introduced to me as a songwriter who was going to help out on my album. He got right down to business and asked me to sing. It was the beginning of our love story and the answer to the most commonly asked question about our love affair, ‘What came first, the love or the music?’”
Aja and Fatin shine together. "We did not have a long courtship—eight months to be exact, " says Aja. “He opened up to me and told his mom about me. We talked about religion, marriage, kids, and the future, but most of all we talked about music. How we loved it, how we made it, and how it disappointed us. We both spent our teenage years striving for stardom, getting further than others, but not as far as most.”
When two are in love like Aja and Fatin they become a dynamic duo. "The first time I met my husband, Fatin, I heard him before I saw him, " says Aja. “I was in another room and heard a sweet voice singing on what sounded like a demo. I hurried to see who was behind the voice and that was the first time I laid eyes on him.”