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