Ascendant | Where You Are Now

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Where You Are Now

by Ascendant

Soul-Funk-Energy-Spirit ASCENDANT blends expressions of funk, rock and jazz all with a foundation of soul - This combined with beautiful harmonies, thoughtful lyrics and top notch musicianship give ASCENDANT a style all their own.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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1. Power ASCENDANT
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2. We Can Work It Out Somehow ASCENDANT
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3. Give It Up (The Mentality) ASCENDANT
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4. Can't Help Myself ASCENDANT
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5. Illusions ASCENDANT
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6. Friend fa Sho' (Rising) ASCENDANT
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7. Hard Times ASCENDANT
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8. Make It So (Parts 1 & 2) ASCENDANT
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9. Where You Are Now ASCENDANT
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10. Happy ASCENDANT
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11. 10-d ASCENDANT
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12. We Are... ASCENDANT
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Kael Mboya Vocals/Keyboards

Aleata Holloway Vocals/Bass

Michael Lockett Vocals

Soul. Funk. Energy. Spirit. ASCENDANT is a band and a partnership, shared primarily amongst three artists, Kael Mboya, Aleata Holloway and Michael Lockett, whose collective vision is to share their gifts and passion for music with the world. ASCENDANT's energy and meaningful grooves reach deep inside you and raise your spirits. ASCENDANT has brought their soulful sounds to many venues including opening for Meshell Ndegeocello at the 2003 NeoSoul Explosion in Chicago, IL. ASCENDANT's music has also been featured on the television program NBA Inside Stuff. They have gained fans and high ratings from music lovers due, in large part, to their dynamic musicianship.

Their self released CD, Where You Are Now (2003), is available online at AscendantMusic.com and cdbaby.com. Beginning with the funky hard driving first track, Power, and ending with the sublimely inspiring closer, We Are..., the album blends expressions of funk, rock and jazz all with a foundation of soul (what the critics now call "neosoul"). This, combined with beautiful harmonies, thoughtful lyrics and top notch musicianship give ASCENDANT a style all their own. Featured tracks include: Give It Up (The Mentality), 10-D, Happy, Where You Are Now, Friend fa Sho, Hard Times, We Can Work it Out Somehow.

"The album is about this moment; how we got to where we are now; what love is; who you love; who your friends are; who you really are and what you stand for. It's about all the things that led to this moment, this time, right here, where all you have been, all you are and can be reside."

ASCENDANT was started by Kael Mboya (pronounced EM-BOY-YAH) as a vehicle for his musical expression. He has performed and recorded for several artists, including David Josias' 1995 single "Mindblowin" (IMI Records). He is always intensely passionate and dedicated to what the music is asking of him.

Aleata Holloway joined up with Kael and added her own unique style to the mix. Having performed bass in many bands over the years, including touring with blues legend Otis Clay and a six month stint in Singapore, she found a great opportunity to showcase her own music with ASCENDANT.

Once the creative heading was decided by Kael and Aleata, they decided to share the opportunity with their mutual friend Michael Lockett, who sang with vocal group, Truce ("Pump It", Strictly Rhythm Records). Michael added a desirable element to ASCENDANT with his talents of harmony and vocal styling.

So wait no longer...Be moved. Be inspired. Experience ASCENDANT


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SaveOurSoul

Kind of funky with a gospel undertone
Ascendant is an enthusiastic group of musicians who keep the faith alive and motivate the listener to reach for a better live and not to give up. Founding members of the band are Kael Mboya, Aleata Holloway and Michael Lockett.

The title of their debut album is "Where You Are Now". The first track on the album "Power" will bring you immediately in a mood to celebrate and dance. The overall feel of the album is kind of funky with a gospel undertone, however "Give It Up" is a gospel-reggae song which tells us that's never too late for a change of mentality.

The lyrics of the Ascendant songs really make sense and make us consider our position in today's world. Besides realistic lyrics Ascendant brings some beautiful love songs too as in "10-D". Aleata's bass and bass hooks are awesome in "Where You Are Now".(TA)

dusty groove america

really warm and soulful feel!
The group are steeped in traditions that stretch back to Stevie Wonder and Earth Wind & Fire -- blending the spiritual and soulful with tight rhythms, jazzy keys, and some deep vocals that shift between male and female leads, always with nice harmonies in the background. Very positive and progressive

Bob Davis

Musically they sound like a mix of Earth, Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Fifth Di
Musically they sound like a mix of Earth, Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Fifth Dimension, Rotary Connection or if I had to give it a tag line, I might be tempted to describe the music of ASCENDANT as "flower power funk".

Folks this music is THOUGHTFUL in it's content and TOE TAPPIN in it's presentation...
And it takes me back to a time and place in our society when to was actually acceptable to do both. I suppose that the "black music experts" at Rolling Stone will call this CD "Neo Soul", if they were to review it. Of course that means VH-1 and BET will ignore it completely.

But that's ok, because for the rest of us we will get the chance to take a journey with a group of talented artists who truly "KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS". They know that the time is right to continue that journey begun back in the early 1970's. That's because they have already figured out one of the most difficult parts of making the trip. And that is the part where it's most important to ASCEND to heights and take the journey that others won't dare to risk.

CEEDUBB

pretty songs, thoughtful lyrics, good job!