Sweet Honey In The Rock

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SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK has maintained a rich and distinguished legacy as one of the most revered and treasured a cappella ensembles in contemporary music. Over the past four decades the Grammy Award nominated group has stayed true to its adventurous and diverse mixture of blues, African, jazz, gospel and R&B music, with more recent excursions into symphonic music and collaborations into the dance/theater genre. Last year they celebrated their 40th Anniversary performing a series of special performances across the nation.

Sweet Honey closed out their anniversary year with the release of their first ever holiday single and video with an inspired a cappella version of the classic Christmas carol, “Silent Night.” The song was also performed live at their final HOLYDAYS shows. In a message encrypted in the video, Sweet Honey stated, “During this very troubling and turbulent holiday season, we stand with the millions of Americans and people around the world who believe there can be no peace without justice and that black lives and all lives matter. We send our prayers and dedicate our rendition of “Silent Night” and this video to all the families and communities who are grieving over the loss of a loved one. We must continue to demand that our collective voices are heard and will not be silenced until true justice and peace prevails.”

The ensemble has embarked on a new chapter in the musical journey this year with their five core members Louise Robinson, Carol Maillard (both founding members) Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil and Shirley Childress (American Sign Language Interpreter who has been performing live with the group since 1981). The group has added guest performers for some performances, with bassist Romeir Mendez getting most of the work. Their traditional show integrates some of their most popular songs, along with renditions of classic hits. Sweet Honey’s patented fusion of varied music genres coupled with inspiring songs that embody social commentary, activism, and uplift the human spirit remain to be at the core of their unique artistry.

They are currently in the studio working on a new album which will be released in the late fall of this year. The album will feature several new compositions fused with some songs they have either covered and/or performed live that have the ensemble has previously not recorded.

"…I have always believed art is the conscience of the human soul and that artists have the responsibility not only to show life as it is but to show life as it should be. … Sweet Honey In The Rock has withstood the onslaught. She has been unprovoked by the 30 pieces of silver. Her songs lead us to the well of truth that nourishes the will and courage to stand strong. She is the keeper of the flame." – Harry Belafonte

Photo credit: Beth Pulaski
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By: Newmark Theatre

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