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Sweet Honey In The Rock

These days, the voice as a dominant instrument is finding new favor among music lovers. The group that has been central to this development within the contemporary music scene is a quintet of electrifying vocalists based in Washington, D.C., Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Singing unaccompanied, except for body and hand percussion instruments, this ensemble of African-American women singers has, in 17 years, built an solid international reputation and following. The strength of Sweet Honey lies within her repertoire rooted in the tradition of African congregational choral style and its many extensions. One hears the moan of blues, the power of early 20th century gospel, echoes of the community quartet, and jazz choral vocalizations freshly tinged with church melodic and harmonic runs. A Sweet Honey in the Rock concert is a transforming experience, drenching audiences with harmonies. The rhythms change, leads change, and women dance: breathtaking music.

The women of Sweet Honey sing fiercely of being fighters, tenderly of being in love, and knowingly of being women. They take their evergrowing audiences through a complex journey of celebration and struggle rooted in the history of the African-American legacy.

The concept and leadership of the group rest primarily with Bernice Johnson Reagon, who, as vocal director of the D.C. Black Repertory Theater, founded The Sweet Honey in 1973. Reagon began her work as a socially conscious artist in 1961 during the Albany, Georgia Civil Rights Movement campaign. The musical and political groundwork set by Reagan is constantly expanded by the other singers who join her on Sweet Honey's stages. Twenty African-American women singers have lent their voices, over the years, so that there could be a Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Among Sweet Honey in the Rock's many albums are Live at Carnegie Hall (1988) and Feel Something Drawing Me On (1989), both on Flying Fish Records, Still on the Journey (1993), Sacred Ground (1995) and Women Gather (2003), all released by Earthbeat! Records, and Still the Same Me, released on Rounder Records in 2000. Raise Your Voice appeared on Rhino Records in 2005. ~ Laura Post, Rovi
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Awesome melodies for the heavenly father Yahweh!
BERNICE STARTED
A SOUND WE ALL

you


YOU NEED T O
HEAR, TOO FILL YOUR HEART.
Simply beautiful!
cyn4100
Brings back memories to into the present, Great vocals.
The purity of their harmony a in voice soul stirringly intense. Love, love love them
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
These Sister are soulful, they reach the core of your spirit with there music.
heavenly
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.
Just found out about the Group listening to an interview on KPJO 620am Portland, OR...just had to add this to my mix
ywc08
I was lucky enough to see them in concert in Seattle in the early 1990's when I went to UW
Love them my mom had 2 of their cassette tapes such amazing women with powerful vocals.
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
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.
corkyscott
God bless you and keep you strong ,We still love you.
ettamar
saw them on The Mall in DC this past winter. Still going strong!
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?
halehawk
I heard that Sweet Honey disbanded a few years ago. Have they been resurrected, or is this an old album?
a gift from the lord! you lift me up!
corkyscott
I Love You my Favorite group may god shed his grace on you and the sunshine always light your path
To see them live is pure joy! These gifted women bring it!
My FAVORITE singing group!!! I have always loved Sweet Honey on the Rock. They and Fairfield Four must be the pinnacle of group singing.
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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