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"Where You Are Now CD named Top 10 Best Albums of 2004 – Soul"

“This is an outstanding CD release from some longtime Soul-Patrollers. Like much of the best of what the music industry classifies as “neo soul”, it really sounds more like it would easily find a home on the playlist of a “progressive Black radio station circa 1975. It's just plain good music...”
-Bob Davis, Soul Patrol (USA)
- Soul Patrol

"Passion Mixture of Soul, Funk and Jazz"

“a passionate mixture of soul, funk, jazz with even some reggae influences present...All songs on their album Where You Are Now have a pleasant live vibe...Ascendant are obviously on a lyrical mission with their thought-provoking lyrics, something that's really missing in most of today's music..." -Jazz-Not-Jazz (Germany) - Jazz-Not-Jazz

"Feel Good Music"

"Full of 80's good time grooves like the infectious title song & the compelling 'Can't Help Myself'.. the message laden 'Make It So' & 'Friend Fa Sho' are choice mid-tempo tunes. Must mention the soulful vocals" -Soul Brother Records (U.K.) - Soul Brother Records

"Positive and Progressive"

"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 deep vocals that shift between male and female leads, always with some nice harmonies in the background - a very positive and progressive feel" -DustyGroove America (Chicago, USA) - Dusty Groove

"What a beautiful record!"

Ascendant & Shannon Harris

Gyenyame (Only God)


What a beautiful record! Written by Kael Mboya who is also responsible for the gorgeous piano, strings and keys, and produced by Chicago’s Shannon Harris (owner of Urbanicity), “Gyenyame (Only God)” is a gold fusion between soul, jazz and house. - Deep and Soulful Lovers by cakesfactory


ASCENDANT - Illuminate - Darkest Shade Music, Inc. (Coming 2009)
ASCENDANT & Shannon Harris - Gye Nyame (only God) vinyl 12" remix - Urbanicity(2006)
ASCENDANT - Where You Are Now - Darkest Shade Music, Inc.(2003)
ASCENDANT - EP 1 - Darkest Shade Music, Inc.(2001)



Bold. Dynamic. Authentic. True. Just a few words that people use to describe them and their artistry, and yet ASCENDANT is... simply that... ascendant... rising above. Since 2000, ASCENDANT has been rising above... their critics, their fears, their obstacles and creating meaningful, soulfilled music in an era when such artistic statements just aren't done but desperately needed. Take a listen to Michael Lockett's soaring highnotes or Kael Mboya Bradley's heartfelt baritone. It's there in every soul-drenched note; every colorful harmony; every thought provoking lyric. ASCENDANT rises... and asks us all to join them in flight...

ASCENDANT has brought their soulful sounds to many venues including sharing the stage with Meshell Ndegeocello at the 2003 NeoSoul Explosion in Chicago, IL. ASCENDANT's music has been featured on various television programs including the ABC network programs NBA Inside Stuff and NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad. They have gained fans and high ratings from music lovers due, in large part, to their dynamic musicianship. Music from their CD, Where You Are Now, can be purchased at all the major digital download stores including iTunes, and EMusic.

ASCENDANT was started in 2000 by Kael Mboya Bradley 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.

Michael Lockett joined up with Kael. Michael sang with vocal group, Truce ("Pump It", 1995 Strictly Rhythm Records). He added a desirable element to ASCENDANT with his talents of harmony, vocal styling and percussion.

You can check out special LIVE tracks at
The New CD, Illuminate, Coming Soon 2009 So wait no longer... Experience ASCENDANT