SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK®

Christie
Dashiell
Carol
Maillard
Barbara
Hunt
Aisha
Kahlil
Rochelle
Rice
Nitanju
Bolade Casel
Romeir
Mendez
Louise
Robinson 

 

CHRISTIE DASHIELL
CAROL MAILLARD
BARBARA HUNT
AISHA KAHLIL
ROCHELLE RICE
NITANJU BOLADE CASEL
ROMEIR MENDEZ
LOUISE ROBINSON

CELEBRATING 47 YEARS

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New MUSIC from Sweet Honey:

With five-part harmonies and sign language interpretation, Sweet Honey in the Rock® offers a Light in the midst of the darkness of Covid-19 and continuing election challenges to celebrate this Season of HolyDays which includes:

Diwali (Festival of Light)
Thanksgiving
Channukah
Winter Solstice

Christmas
Kwanzaa
New Year
Three Kings Day

Celebrating the Holydays offers a rare fusion of traditional holiday spiritual songs and hymns.  While a whole album is not yet available, this EP offers a taste of the HolyDays concert experience.  Two of the songs, “Children Go Where I Send Thee”, and “Jesus, What A Wonderful Child” are live recordings from their December 2019 concert at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

Sweet Honey continues to empower and inspire their audiences with songs to stir the mind and the soul,

and potent messages which include a wide range of social issues blended with their gorgeous artistry.

Track Listing:

  1. Children Go Where I Send Thee (5:00)
  2. Jesus Wonderful Child (3:06)
  3. Silent Night (3:18)

Album credits and song notes

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Charlie Pilzer, Tonal Recording Studio, Takoma Park, MD

She-Rocks 5, Inc. © December 2020
Producer:  Nitanju Bolade Casel
Exec Producer:  She-Rocks 5, Inc.

Artists:  Sweet Honey in the Rock, featuring:
Aisha Kahlil
Carol Maillard
Louise Robinson
Nitanju Bolade Casel
Rochelle Rice
Romeir Mendez


Children Go Where I Send Thee (5:00)

A traditional African American Spiritual, introduced to Sweet Honey in the Rock by Dr. Ysaye Barnwell before her retirement in 2013, this song is a staple of our HolyDays Celebration.  First recorded by Dennis Crumpton and Robert Summers, June 28, 1936 –  and now led by Rochelle Rice, join us on this journey through this cumulative song, with a Biblical meaning to each of the numbers mentioned.

Arranged by She-Rocks 5, Inc.
She-Rocks 5, Inc.
© 2019 (ASCAP)


Jesus, What a Wonderful Child (3:06)

This Black Gospel-styled Christmas song is of unknown origin. Some collections (including Worship & Song) list it as being of traditional African American origin. At least one source claims that it was written by Sister Margaret Allison of the Angelic Gospel Singers, an African American recording and performing group in the early 1950s, although this cannot be confirmed. It is possible that Allison’s original song, “Glory to the Newborn King,” recorded with the Angelics on Gotham Records, over the years has morphed into “Jesus, Oh, What a Wonderful Child.”

“I’m actually attracted to the melody and the rhythm that reminds me of the gospel hymns sung in church growing up.

I remember opening a concert with this song and an elderly African American woman stood up and began strutting strength and conviction across the floor. For me, sometimes the music takes the lead and the words follow. It’s a song of hope and praise.”

Arranged by Louise Robinson
Earth2Asha
© 2019 (ASCAP)


Silent Night (3:18)

“How many times have many of us heard or sung this beautiful tune. It was one of my favs. Silent night. Holy night. All is calm. All is bright. This alternate doowop style was an inspiration to me. And thinking about the birth of the Great Being Jesus -He was born in turbulent social and political times. And His birth, and ultimately His powerful teachings truly changed the course of history.”

Arranged by Carol Maillard
4JagadishMusic
© 2012 (BMI)

 

 

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK® sings Nina Simone’s “Come Ye”, recorded in isolation as part of “THIS MOMENT”, a virtual rally and artistic uprising for an inclusive America. Featuring Aisha Kahlil, Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Rochelle Rice, Romeir Mendez, and Barbara Hunt. Edited and produced by Kyle Homstead, Laudable Productions.  Learn more about the event at https://ThisMomentRally.org
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Sweet Honey In The Rock® is a performance ensemble rooted in African American history and culture. The ensemble educates, entertains and empowers its audience and community through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation for the Deaf and hard of hearing.  Sweet Honey’s audience and community comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures throughout the United States and around the world, and includes people of all ages, economic/education/social backgrounds, political persuasions, religious affiliations, sexual preferences and differing abilities. 

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