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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)
Winter Solstice

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
© 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
© 2012 (BMI)



special live virtual event

Click for a message from Sweet Honey about the rescheduled event

With rising positivity rates and newly introduced state-based COVID-19 regulations, the producers of our upcoming event, Third Row.Live/Laudable Productions – have made the difficult decision to reschedule our December 12th concert, which will now take place on January 17, 2021. This decision was made out of mounting concerns for the health and safety of everyone involved, while mitigating newly introduced logistical complications.

While we are truly disappointed to forgo this special celebration, we would like to wish you and all of your loved ones a safe and warm season of HolyDays. And as a special gift of gratitude to those who have already purchased tickets, we are offering a complimentary download of your choice from one of the three songs we are releasing for the HolyDays, which will be available on Saturday, December 12, 2020.

On January 17, 2021, we are excited to develop a program to mark the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., which feels particularly significant this year as it comes just days before the presidential inauguration, and hope that you will hold onto your tickets! If not, refunds are immediately available. We are also grateful to have support from the DC Commission for the Arts & Humanities, which has allowed us to shift the performance once again to the historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC, which is where Sweet Honey the Rock is based.

We look forward to you joining us on Sunday, January 17th for a celebration of hope, resilience, and new beginnings!

Join Washington, D.C.-based, African-American a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock®, in Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. With five-part harmonies and sign language interpretation, Sweet Honey’s sound ranges from African to blues to gospel and jazz. Throughout their sterling career, the ensemble has used their art form and their voices to defend civil rights, social justice, equality and freedom for all. Their messages of hope, resilience, and new beginnings feel particularly significant this year and come just days before the inauguration.

The show will feature an exciting lineup of remote guests sharing musical performances – celebrating the life of Reverend King and offering words of hope for the future.

The three-time Grammy® Award-nominated and internationally renowned group will perform songs from the group’s extensive repertoire, which includes We Are, Let There Be Peace, The Women Gather, and Come Ye. Since 1973, Sweet Honey has empowered and inspired with songs about a range of social issues, blending potent themes with gorgeous artistry to stir the mind and the soul.

A message from Carol Maillard: 

Greetings and Happy Holy Days to all! 

My dear friend Andrea Richards has graciously offered to do a fundraising campaign on behalf of the women of Sweet Honey in the Rock in celebration of our 47th year sharing our music and messages to the world. In this giving season we hope that you will continue to support us as we move through this COVID-19 time together. We appreciate you. And our deepest gratitude to Andrea Richards.  
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




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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