Kindred the Family Soul presents
Teedra Moses and Anthony David
Thu · October 8, 2015
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
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Following this epiphany, Moses teamed up with producer, Paul Poli and signed with the then Number 1 Indie Record Label, TVT Records, in 2002, to release her debut album Complex Simplicity in August 2004. Complex Simplicity included fourteen tracks all self-penned by Moses with dominant production by Poli; which lead to the well deserved executive production credit by both Moses & Poli. With TVT Records now defunct, Moses never had the opportunity to commercially release a sophomore album. Although still most notably known for the “critically acclaimed” album Complex Simplicity which spawned records such as Be Your Girl, Backstroke and Take Me featuring Raphael Saadiq, Teedra Moses has released three independent, all-original “Mixtapes” for fans of her music.
In addition to executive producing and penning all the lyrics on her own project, Moses has written songs for other artists including Christina Milian, Mary J. Blige, Macy Gray, and a host of others. As a Grammy-Nominated Songwriter and BMI Songwriter of the year, for 2 consecutive years, Teedra Moses has used music to inspire others for over 10 years. Moses is currently on “Family Ties” from Rick Ross’ Hood Billionaire album as well as the ambiance vocals on Rick Ross’ previous projects “Nobody” featuring Diddy and French Montana from the Mastermind album, and “Amsterdam” from one of the most anticipated albums of 2012, Rick Ross’ God Forgives I Don’t. In addition, Moses is featured on and co-wrote three songs from SelfMade, the Maybach Music Compilation released in 2011, as well as Big Boi of Outkast “Turn Me On,” featured on and co-wrote two songs from Raphael Saadiq’s 2004 album Ray Ray, “Chic” and “I Want You Back”. Her songs have been showcased in the Logo series Noah’s Arc as well as in the HBO hit show Entourage, movies such as Never Die Alone, Beauty Shop, Be Cool and The Skinny.
With over 10 years of live performance, selling out intimate venues around the world, and a stream of mixtapes, Moses will release her second commercial release in a decade, Cognac & Conversations, thru Shanachie Entertainment.
“This album I thought of as if I had no other album,” Anthony notes. “I didn’t have many expectations. So any idea I had that I might have thought ‘oh, they may not like that from me,’ I did it anyway! I definitely wanted to work with the sounds that are current but in my own way. I’m in the soul vein and I don’t mind the title of neo-soul; it conflicts with what’s popular in black music right now, which is either way ratchet or super retro. I have no interest in having all these sounds available and making something that sounds exactly like the 70’s. But I also don’t want to purposely make noise which some things I hear seem to be doing in attempt to being
“Beautiful Problem,” the lead single, sounds like nothing else on the radio. It opens with a portentous piano figure, moves into an evocative melancholy melody then a hard kick drum kicks in with a hip-hop inflected bassline until it all opens up into the chorus repeating the enigmatic title phrase; the chorus is inspired by a chorus in an India.Arie song. The inventive video features a cameo from India, with whom Anthony has written and performed with over the years. “She’s my sister, period,” Anthony says. “We always gotta show solidarity in what we represent in this thing!” Anthony adds, “Producer Shannon Sanders wrote that one but it matched something I would say. The production has some sonic elements from EDM, parts of the genre that I like - the odd drum sounds, the manipulation of vocals, drops, stuff like that. Lyrically I take it as a kind of existential crisis that kinda resolves in taking the good with the bad and ultimately just being happy to experience any of it at all."
If it is unusual for a singer-songwriter to incorporate elements of EDM into his work, Anthony’s favorite style of EDM is equally interesting. “It’s basically Afrobeat, the current sound coming out of West Africa, mostly Nigeria and Ghana,” Anthony says, “and it is the best Black music coming out right now in my opinion. I can’t stand our hip-hop right now cuz it’s really dark, depressing, and straight out stupid. In Afrobeat they are making fun music that, at worst, just talks about going out and having a good time..none of that murder, misogynistic, craziness a lot of American hip hop stuff is on.”
Anthony David was born Anthony Harrington in Savannah, Georgia. A Gulf War vet, he began writing songs during a stint in the military in Iraq, where as a paratrooper with the 82nd airborne he took part in 28 combat missions. Writing songs was a life- affirming act while facing the real possibility of dying.
He got involved in the music scene in Atlanta in the late 1990s, meeting a then-unknown singer-songwriter India.Arie; they became friends and collaborators, with Anthony co-writing songs on her first three albums, which spawned a number of Grammy nominations, singing back-up for her on tour and eventually opening for her. This visibility led to the release of Anthony’s debut album Three Chords & The Truth released in 2004 on the Atlanta independent Brash Records, carving out a unique lane with his personalized brand of acoustic soul. Extensive touring revealed Anthony to be a free-wheeling, engaging performer, able to hold a crowd with just the sound of his voice and an acoustic guitar. A second independent album, The Red Clay Chronicles, led to a deal with Universal Records, which released Acey Duecy, a compilation of the best tracks from his first two albums, yielding a hit duet with India.Arie and a Grammy nomination. Thanks to the release of his albums by labels in the UK and Japan, Anthony toured extensively abroad, building an international audience. His star continued to rise as he signed a deal with Purpose Records/eOne Entertainment which led to the release of his fourth album As Above, So Below in 2011, which featured such guest vocalists as Algebra, Phone of Little Brother and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men; his duet with Algebra, “4Evermore,” became a #1 hit at adult urban radio while the reggae/Latin-tinged “Body Language” tore up dance floors in the UK. A tour in Kenya inspired Anthony to become part of the Give Africa Hope campaign that brought awareness to famine in East Africa. He shot the video for the title track of the album in Kenya. He also became involved with AWOL (All Walks of Life), an arts program for children in his hometown of Savannah, pushing to establish it in Atlanta in 2013. He quickly followed the release of As Above, So Below with Love Out Loud, another album on Purpose/eOne. Signing with Shanachie Entertainment in 2015, the first fruit of that deal is his new album The PowerFUL Now.
In a time when the music scene is starved for authentic voices, Anthony David stands out as an artist who is honest, down-to-earth, delightfully idiosyncratic and warmly engaging at the most basic human
“I decided to make ‘secular hymns’ that are geared towards being proactive, building and looking forward,” Anthony asserts. " Constantly being reactive and on your back foot isn’t what I’m about. For anyone who’s into that, here ya go! Take advantage of the time and place you’re in. There’s plenty to be sad about but also plenty to be excited about."
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