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Fertile Ground

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In 1997 a dynamic young music trio rose out of Baltimore and became one of the world’s most successful independent acts in soul/jazz music. Founded by composer/producer/musician James Collins, Cleveland diva Navasha Daya, and the drummer Marcus Asante, Fertile Ground became a staple of the independent soul circuit and has toured extensively throughout the world.

According to discogs.com, Fertile Ground has released five albums, ten singles/EPs, and one compilation album. They also have over 70 appearances on albums, singles and compilations by other artists.

Fertile Ground has shared the stage with such multi-platinum heavyweights as Cassandra Wilson, Hugh Masekela, [artist]Me’Shell N’Degeocello, India Arie, Wynton Marsalis, Jill Scott, Chaka Khan, and even Run DMC. The band is often classified as Soul-Jazz, but they spill out of any genre as a cross-cultural fusion of all things spiritual and funk-ridden.

In this realm called good music, theatrics never replace integrity, nor does experience and success replace a creatively fresh approach to each project. Messages are heart-felt, conveying an unashamed spirituality, a firm political stance, or whatever the moment requires, and everything is heavily supported by raw, organic, often danceable compositions in the tradition of Fela Kuti, Stevie Wonder, Santana, and Earth Wind & Fire.

Collins is currently working on new Fertile Ground music. In 2012, Daya released a solo album entitled “Rebirthed Above Ground”.

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  • appidydafoo

    Fertile Ground changed MY LIFE

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • appidydafoo

    Probably the greatest thing I have ever heard

    16 May 2013 Reply
  • crize77

    LOVE <3

    4 Apr 2011 Reply
  • blackoutstudios

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    12 Sep 2010 Reply
  • leroijonesjr

    bmore!

    22 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Laugh2Love2Live

    Fertile Ground Discography: http://www.discogs.com/artist/Fertile+Ground

    6 Apr 2010 Reply
  • music_lover24

    baltimore is standin!

    30 Mar 2010 Reply
  • norbassp

    Very good eclectic music.

    6 Aug 2009 Reply
  • kingmael

    Good Music for the soul.

    8 Jun 2009 Reply
  • dseals

    baltimore stand up

    9 May 2009 Reply
  • FENI-X

    c'est frais!!!!

    14 Apr 2009 Reply
  • JNellz

    I've been listening to them nonstop ever since I heard "Take Me Higher" on the radio on here. Thanks last.fm for a wonderful discovery.

    9 Apr 2009 Reply
  • sandrishte

    ok people, can someone tell me where could I get Fertile Ground full discography?!?! torrent or what? I tryied to find but have no Luck... please help me!!!

    27 Mar 2009 Reply
  • marcopassosadv

    doidera

    23 Feb 2009 Reply
  • marcelapao

    Muy buenos!

    25 Jan 2009 Reply
  • salubrium

    Just came across this on Last.fm yesterday and made me go and get an emusic membership so I could hear more....Great voice, great groove..

    28 Nov 2008 Reply
  • salmar

    BUENISIMOS!

    14 Nov 2008 Reply
  • NeolOsoul

    One gets to know about the black people's history in whole America! And how the art was (and still is) important to the self definition!

    3 Oct 2008 Reply
  • songorocosongo

    For one, "Black" as used in the title of Fertile Grounds’ album “Black Is...” extends a bit beyond just skin color. For two, plenty of musicians of other races and cultures use their art as a vehicle for articulating racial, ethnic, and cultural self definition...Try taking a less myopic look at the broader world around you and maybe you'll gain some insight as to the purpose and relevance of artistic expression of this type. ~VVVVVVVVV~

    12 Aug 2008 Reply
  • JOJOKYRA

    "Black Is" - little racist XD I don't hear no white, yellow, green people sing about their skin (i mean no-racist), only black singers do that...racist? XD

    24 Jul 2008 Reply
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