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Sweet Honey In The Rock

Sweet Honey in the Rock are a dynamic, virtuosic, all-female a cappella group with a repertoire rooted in African choral, blues, gospel, and jazz. Earning an international following since their inception in 1973, the group use only body- and hand-held percussion to accompany their vocalizations, if using any accompaniment at all. Formed in Washington, D.C. by Bernice Johnson Reagon, then vocal director of the D.C. Black Repertory Theater, the ensemble has changed membership over time, with over 20 women having contributed to a lineup usually numbering four to six. Sweet Honey in the Rock perform arrangements of popular and traditional works but compose much of their own music, which often focuses on women's issues and topics of social injustice, while also addressing family, community, and personal development-minded themes, including children's music. Their eponymous debut album was released in 1976 and was followed by 1978's B'lieve I'll Run On, 1981's Good News, 1983's We All…Every One of Us, 1985's The Other Side and Feel Something Drawing Me On, and the 1988 live album Breaths before they issued Live at Carnegie Hall later that year. The group also appeared on the Grammy-winning compilation Folkways: A Vision Shared - A Tribute to Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly in 1988 with their version of Lead Belly's "Grey Goose." "A celebration of the roots, history and future of African-American culture," All for Freedom arrived in 1989. They continued to perform live and release material throughout the '90s, which saw In This Land, Still on the Journey, I Got the Shoes, Sacred Ground, and the compilation Selections 1976-1988. The children's album Still the Same Me was released in 2000, as was their soundtrack with James Horner for the TV movie Freedom Song. In 2003, they issued The Women Gather and Alive in Australia, which was followed by another live album in 2004, Endings & Beginnings. They released Raise Your Voice in 2005 and Experience…101 in 2007, a collaboration with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater titled Go in Grace in 2008, and Are We a Nation? in 2010. Tribute: Live! Jazz at Lincoln Center appeared in 2013, a year in which they also performed at Nelson Mandela's national memorial service in Washington, D.C.'s National Cathedral. Still going strong after over 40 years, their social networking-inspired #LoveInEvolution (including the single "IDK But I'm LOL") arrived in early 2016. ~ Marcy Donelson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Twenty-Five

1. We Are The Ones

2. Chant

3. Battered Earth

4. Motherless Chil'

5. Redemption Song

6. Greed

7. Sound-bite From Beijing

8. Sometime

9. Run

10. Anybody Here?

11. Forever Love

12. I Was Standing By The Bedside Of A Neighbor

13. Hope

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Track List: Feel Something Drawing Me On

1. We'll Understand It Better Bye And Bye

2. Father I Stretch My Hands To Thee

3. Hush Li'l Baby

4. I've Got To Know

5. When I Die Tomorrow

6. Meyango

7. Waters Of Babylon (Rivers Of Babylon)

8. Feel Something Drawing Me On

9. Try Jesus

10. Leaning And Depending On The Lord

11. In The Upper Room

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Track List: #LoveInEvolution

1. Somebody Prayed For Me

2. The Living Waters

3. I Don’t Want No Trouble At The River (Feat. “When Great Trees Fall”)

4. A Prayer For The World: Song 23

5. This Place Inside Where I Can Rest

6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)

7. Oh, Sankofa

8. Second Line Blues

9. Wholy Holy

10. Same Ol’, Same Ol’ Love

11. IDK, But I'm LOL!

12. Operator / Jesus On The Mainline / I Don’t Know What You Come To Do

13. Sweet Sweet Honey!

14. We Have Come This Far By Faith

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Track List: A Tribute: Live! Jazz At Lincoln Center

Disc 1

1. JALC Welcome (Spoken)

2. Breaths

3. Sabumoya

4. Come Ye

5. Welcome (Spoken)

6. Shuku Shuku (Choo Choo Song)

7. See Line Woman

8. Can't Afford To Lose My Man

9. If I Should Lose You

10. Love Me Or Leave Me

11. Trouble In Mind

12. Feeling Good

13. The Midnight Special

14. Pata Pata

Disc 2

1. Intro To Freedom Suite

2. Freedom Suite: Oh Freedom / Come And Go With Me To That Land / I'm On My Way To Freedom Land / Glory, Glory Hallelujah

3. Another Man Done Gone

4. Abbey Lincoln Medley: Down Here Below / The Music Is The Magic / A Turtle's Dream / I'm In Love

5. Tell Me More And More And Then Some

6. Wild Is The Wind

7. Run On

8. Let There Be Peace

9. N'diarabi / Africa Is Where My Heart Lies (Medley)

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Purity of voice. Thank you. ������
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Awesome melodies for the heavenly father Yahweh!
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BERNICE STARTED
A SOUND WE ALL

you


YOU NEED T O
HEAR, TOO FILL YOUR HEART.
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shavoo3
Simply beautiful!
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cyn4100
Brings back memories to into the present, Great vocals.
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The purity of their harmony a in voice soul stirringly intense. Love, love love them
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karla_phelan
Saw this group in DC in 1982-84 at several women's fests... Have always loved them and their inspirationa l words and music
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These Sister are soulful, they reach the core of your spirit with there music.
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heavenly
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powellmike99
I saw Sweet Honey two years ago in Miller Auditorium - Kalamazoo, MI. It was on a first date with a girl and made for a beautiful memory.
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Just found out about the Group listening to an interview on KPJO 620am Portland, OR...just had to add this to my mix
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ywc08
I was lucky enough to see them in concert in Seattle in the early 1990's when I went to UW
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Love them my mom had 2 of their cassette tapes such amazing women with powerful vocals.
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pandora58804
Wow, are they still around! Check out this tour schedule! http://www.s w e e t h o n e y . c o m / t o u r . p h p
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cynda2864
To Holly - Sweet Honey is still in existence, just without Bernice Johnson Reagon. I saw Sweet Honey's final performance with Bernice on PBS a few years ago. Wonder if you could go into archives and see it.
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corkyscott
God bless you and keep you strong ,We still love you.
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ettamar
saw them on The Mall in DC this past winter. Still going strong!
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mary_karr
@halehawk, I believe that Sweet Honey is still around but that Berniece Johnson Reagon retired a few years ago. Hard to imagine Sweet Honey without her, but she built an amazing ensemble that can continue the work without her. It would be great if Pandora got more of their albums. Also, Similar Artists include Sarah McLachlan? Am I missing something here?
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halehawk
I heard that Sweet Honey disbanded a few years ago. Have they been resurrected, or is this an old album?
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a gift from the lord! you lift me up!
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corkyscott
I Love You my Favorite group may god shed his grace on you and the sunshine always light your path
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To see them live is pure joy! These gifted women bring it!
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My FAVORITE singing group!!! I have always loved Sweet Honey on the Rock. They and Fairfield Four must be the pinnacle of group singing.
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All I can say is you leave me breathless.Y o u help keep me spiritually and culturally grounded.Pea c e to you All.(WoW)

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