In 1973, the original members drew the band’s name from the first song they chose to perform together, “Sweet Honey In The Rock,” which refers to a biblical passage that speaks of a land so rich that honey flows when rocks are broken. Founding member Louise Robinson explained, “And we thought it was something like us African-American women… strong like a rock, but inside [there’s] honey — sweet.”
Sweet Honey has performed at every conceivable major world stage, on international U.S. embassy tours, before Former President and Mrs. Obama at The White House and at the National Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The band has twice been the subject of PBS televised programs; symphonies, orchestras and even the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company have commissioned the group for original compositions and scores. It seems the group has won every honor and distinction possible.
“The band’s 24th recorded album, ‘Love In Evolution,’ clearly articulates the ensemble’s very forward thinking as an organization, constantly reevaluating how we can express concepts to uplift and create change through our music and concerts,” said Carol Maillard, another founding member. ‘Love In Evolution’ has a more contemporary sound and feel because as people in the group grow and change, we want to hear different things, feel different things and bring fresh elements to our presentation.&rdquo
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“Ingenious and luxuriant, Sweet Honey's music suggests a utopian community where individuality sings out and cooperation is a pleasure.” The New York Times
“Our long standing ovation— shaking the rafters — was nonetheless an understatement to the beauty and grace we had just witnessed on stage. Long live SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK®!” Folkworks, the Voice for Folk/Roots/Trad Music, Dance & Related Folk Arts
“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, Jamaican-American singer, songwriter, activist, and actor
“For nearly 40 years, this unique a cappella vocal ensemble has seamlessly blended voice and breath to transport listeners with universal songs and chants from deep in the African-American (and African) tradition. Tradition, improvisation, political expression — that’s the Sweet Honey tonic for what ails the world.” Seattle Times
“‘I said I wasn't gonna tell nobody, but I just can't keep it to myself.’ It's a line from one of my favorite gospel songs, and it pretty much sums up how I was feeling as I was leaving Friday night's bravura performance by the legendary Sweet Honey In The Rock®.
‘Rock’ is the operative word for that show. Quite simply, the ladies. Tore. It. Up.” Sac Cultural Hub, Sacramento’s Urban Entertainment Source