DEAR FANS

 

HERE WE ARE LESS THAN  50 DAYS FROM THE RELEASE OF OUR FOURTH ALBUM AND I HAVE REALLY BEEN REMINISCING ABOUT OUR JOURNEY BUT MOST OF ALL THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE WHO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT US. WHEN WE STARTED WE REALLY DIDN'T KNOW WHO OUR FANS WOULD BE, WE SIMPLY TOLD OUR STORY AND PERFORMED AS MUCH AS WE COULD. MANY TIMES IT SEEMED THAT WE WERE ALONE IN OUR OWN WORLD . IT SEEMED LIKE PEOPLE MORE THOUGHT THE CONCEPT OF A HUSBAND WIFE TEAM WAS CUTE RATHER THAN POIGNANT. WE DIDN'T MIND THOUGH CAUSE WE JUST WANTED PEOPLE TO HEAR US AND GIVE US A CHANCE, WHETHER THEY IDENTIFIED WITH OUR STORY WAS NOT REALLY A CONCERN.

 

THEN OUR FIRST ALBUM CAME OUT AND FAR AWAY HIT AND OUT OF THE WOODWORK CAME FOLKS WHO NOT ONLY GAVE US A CHANCE BUT THEY TRULY IDENTIFIED WITH OUR EXPERIENCES. OUR STORY WAS THEIR STORY. SO MANY PEOPLE FELT CONNECTED TO US IN A MUSICAL LANDSCAPE THAT THEY WERE EITHER TOO MATURE OR TOO YOUNG TO IDENTIFY WITH. WOW WE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT THAT......BEING A VOICE FOR AN UNDERREPRESENTED GROUP, THE YOUNG BLACK FAMILY. I GUESS WE COULD HAVE BEEN SATIFIED WITH JUST THAT BUT NOT ONLY COUPLES SHOWED US LOVE. OUR SINGLE FANS ENCOURAGED US TO KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND CONFIDED IN US THAT OUR MUSIC GAVE THEM HOPE THAT LOVE WAS OUT THERE FOR THEM TOO. EVEN FOLKS WHO HAD BEEN THERE DONE THAT AND BEEN DIVORCED STOOD WITH US. AS THE YEARS WENT BY WE WERE INTRODUCED TO ALL KINDS OF KINDRED FANS FROM TEENAGERS TO GRANDMOTHERS, FROM IRISH TO AFRICAN, FROM THE EDUCATED TO THE INCARCERATED( & BOTH AT THE SAME TIME :)).

 

THEN CAME THE STORIES. SOME OF OUR FANS MET EACH OTHER AT OUR SHOWS. A FEW PROPOSED TO THEIR MATES AT THEM. MET A BABY NAMED KINDRED AND FOLKS WHO TATOOED LYRICS ON THEIR LIMBS.AND THEN THERE'S  THE WEDDINGS...OH THE WEDDINGS. WHAT AN HONOR TO BE A PART OF WHAT IS A LIFETIME MEMORY. SOME DANCED TO "STARS" OTHERS TO "IN THIS LIFE TOGETHER" WHILE SOME CHOSE "WHERE WOULD I BE". AND OF COURSE THERE WERE THE PEOPLE WHO JUST MADE ME CRY. THERE WAS THE MAN WHO LOST HIS WIFE WHOM HE HAD TAKEN TO MANY KINDRED SHOWS WHO CAME ALONE TO SEE US AS WAY TO HEAL. AND THE FATHER WHO TALKED HIS DAUGHTER DOWN FROM SUICIDAL THOUGHTS BY USING THE SONG "I AM" AND FINALLY MY OWN SISTER WHO SAT IN HER CAR AND CRIED WITH ME  AFTER LISTENING TO "HOUSE OF LOVE" AS WE BOTH VENTED ABOUT A DIFFICULT YEAR.

 

OUR FANS, YOU , HAVE TAUGHT ME THAT WHAT WE DO IS NOT SMALL. IT IS MASSIVE. YOU HAVE MADE ME REDISCOVER THE TRUE POWER OF MUSIC. MUSIC MOVES PEOPLE. IT IS AS MY HUSBAND SAYS "THE SOUNDTRACK TO LIFE". FOR EVERY BUTT THAT DOESN'T DROP TO OUR MUSIC, A COUPLE SOMEWHERE DECIDES TO WORK IT OUT. FOR EVERY SPIN WE MAY NOT GET, A FAMILY IS JAMMING ON A ROAD TRIP WITHOUT SKIPPING TRACKS. FOR EVERY PERSON WHO 'D RATHER AN ODE TO SEX AND MONEY, SOMEONE IS REASSURED OF THE VALUE OF LOVE AND FAMILY WITH OUR MUSIC PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND . THIS IS A JOY I CANNOT EXPLAIN.

 

I AM SO GRATEFUL TO YOU ALL FOR SUPPORTING US AND GIVING US THIS CHANCE, NOT ONCE BUT FOR THE FOURTH TIME. I ULTIMATELY RECOGNIZE THAT GOD IS GREAT AND TRULY IN CONTROL OF IT ALL SO I HUMBLE MYSELF TO HIS POWER & I PRAY THAT WE ALL CONTINUE TO BE INSPIRED BY EACH OTHER.

 

YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SOUL SINGER

AJA

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Comment by Stephen Manuel Jr. on March 17, 2012 at 3:40am

As I just signed up on your site, I'm amazed how you two have endured through the facets of show business and raising a family as well as holding on to a marriage.  I for sure know how hard that can be ix-nay the show biz.  I have 5 children and it's hectic at times, but my wife and I manage as best we can because we know we have God and each other.  But it wasn't always that way.  We've been together for 20 years married for 17 and we've definitely had our ups and downs and I don't want to get into telling a story, but I just wanted to thank you for providing a element for me to look at my life in a different life.  The song Where Will I Be touched me to my soul because its kind of a story of my life and how it changed when I met my wife.  For the longest time I looked back at my life and wondered where I would be had I not met her and then I'm riding on the highway and this song comes on satellite radio.  I had to stop and listen to it and when I get back home from my trip, I'm definitely downloading your albums from itunes.  You guys are blessed with a gift to create great music and you should continue to do so.  You both also have 6 beautiful children as well as they are blessings to your lives and will provide a opportunity to create more beautiful music in the future.  So I say thanks to the both of you, and continued blessings upon your lives and I enjoy your music and await your future endeavours. 

Comment by Sherry Johnson on June 25, 2011 at 11:36am
Greeting's! Thank ya'll for representing *REAL LOVE & REAL MUSIC* My family has been jamming to all your music!!! We will keep growing with ya'll, planting  the seeds of love. peace & blessing's
Comment by Renoir Angeline Fields on June 19, 2011 at 12:13am

First I want to say thank you for good music. I am anxiously awaiting your new cd because i'm inlove with two of the songs already. Starz was played at my wedding reception for me and my husbands fisrt dance as husband and wife. my husband and I are separated right now, but I still have hope for a reconcilliation because i do believe we still have love. Many times I was told that that me and my husband reminded people of Kindred and I took those comments as a compliment everytime. Whatg ever happens in my life I will continue to buy your cd's because they bring me joy. thank you sooo much for your music and your example of what love is supposed to look like.

Comment by Marjorie Watt on June 12, 2011 at 9:34pm

Hello Mrs. Dantzler,

The first thing I want to say is that my boyfriend and I truly love your work. We love you so much, we took a trip from Indiana to see you in Ohio on April 30th of this year. We got the time zone confused and managed to make it there for your very last song, but it was still ok. We felt like we made it and just to be in the presence of greatness was just fine with us. I believe God has a way of speaking to us just when we need it. When I got the email from you today to check out the link, it caused me to go through the entire website again, mind you I have many times before, but today was different. Our short trip to see you was great for us, it was just what the doctor ordered, it set a mood between us that we had somehow gotten away from, but the devil was sitting and plotting our demise before we could even get home. It had caused me to even wonder is it really meant to be, oh but God. As I began to read your blog and watch the 6 is it, something began to break in me. I now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that his hand is the one I want to hold throughout eternity. I want you to know that what you all have is more than just a business, it is a minisrty, and watching you, I can see the God in you. You have inspired me to hold on, to fast and pray, because real love is worth fighting for. I thank you for being so open and so real. I know we can make it now. Thank you, thank you, thank you. May God continue to bless and to keep you strong and in love always.

Comment by Rogenia Neal on June 12, 2011 at 7:58pm
Hey you two I'm not unfamiliar with husband wife duo's back in the day I roller skated to none other than Ashford & Simpson and it wasn't the same type pf style but I connected with them especially the single it don't cost you nothing just relax and let it go!!!! I have to give you guys big props you have changed me giving me a different outlook on life and those around me making me a much better person. I have mad love for Fatin and Aja and with loving you comes those 6 additions. I was so disappointed this year I couldn't make my first ever out of state concert and the cruise is defiantly out due to I don't do water deeper than a bath tub but I got a fix from your DVD at BB Kings and I will have a new album soon, maybe next year I will make one. I definitely will see you if you come to Detroit in 2012 but I want out of state KTFS love. Your music is awesome and really that's an understatement Aja you said it yourself look at the different type of people you connected with and they became your fan you guy's over flow with what's right,sacrifices, love, ups and downs and through it all you let us know we can still love one another and make it KUDOS TO KTFS!!!!!
Comment by Charlesthechef on June 12, 2011 at 2:58pm

Every since you all hit the scene I was on deck wit all of your songs...Yes I think that is me the one on a road trip using your tunes to stay up!!I know every song that you all have made even the songs thats not out yet.I think that every album yall make another baby we make,,so whn yall gonna spare my poor wife the pain...She has grown too love yall as much as I do.In order to be in my life you must like Kindred as mush as I do. We are blessed to have The Arrival Cd signed by you all in Miami... I know that tryn too get yall to sing @ a wedding is probly a lil too much, but that would be the greatest gift..Im always playn yall music so much the kids know it as much as I do..Please keep up the good work you are loved and cared for...

 

 

 

Your Legend,

Charlesthechef1870@gmail.com

Comment by Aminah on June 8, 2011 at 10:56am
My husband and I have been fans since the first album and will be until the last!  We are one of those who danced to "Stars" at our wedding this past January.  Keep doing what you do.  It's necessary and appreciated!  Luv Ya.

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