The two-day 2nd Annual ATL Soul Life Festival brought a hit parade of soul and R&B artists to the stage at Wolf Creek Amphitheater. The festival started out on a high note on day one with Syleena Johnson and continued straight through to day two with Kindred the Family Soul wrapping things up with a big soulful bow. Our favorite couple had the final performance of the festival, and they wasted no time showing why they got the coveted headlining spot.
The band played Aja and Fatin on with the familiar strains of Kendrick Lamar's "Alright," and they got the crowd hyped up with their soul-drenched twist on the hip-hop anthem. After that rousing kickoff to their set, they settled into their two-step worthy track "Magic Happen" before picking the tempo up several notches with "Rhythm of Life." There were soul claps aplenty when the soulful house groove got to good to everyone within earshot. The lovebirds segued into their nostalgic love song "Where Would I Be" as they sang to each other and made people swoon. They changed gears from singing about love to singing about community on their new song "All My People." The audience wasn't as familiar with the new tune, so they were slow to connect with the song, but by the end they were singing along. The sing-along didn't end there, with Kindred giving the people what they wanted with their beloved song "Stars" coming next. Aja and Fatin slipped another cover into their set, as "Stars" smoothly segued into The Commodores' "Zoom." After taking the audience on a soulful voyage, Kindred the Family Soul had one more place left to go and took everyone "Far Away."
No one wanted Kindred the Family Soul's show to end because that meant that the 2nd Annual ATL Soul Life Festival would be coming to an end, too. The festival truly outdid itself this year with the right blend of artists and an atmosphere of love, peace and soul. We cannot wait to see who gets booked for the 3rd Annual ATL Soul Life Festival in 2017 because this year set the bar pretty high.