Sweet Honey in the Rock
is an all-woman
, African-American a cappella
Sweet Honey in the Rock was founded in 1973
by Bernice Johnson Reagon
who formed the group out of singers from a vocal workshop she was teaching with the Washington, D.C.
Black Repertory Company. Reagon retired from the group in 2004. The name of the group comes from a religious parable from Psalm 81:16 which tells of a land so rich that when rocks were cracked open, honey flowed from them.
Sweet Honey in the Rock has received several Grammy Award nominations, including one for their children's album Still the Same Me which received the Silver Award from the National Association of Parenting Publications. They won a Grammy in 1989 in the category of Best Traditional Folk Recording for their version of Leadbelly's "Grey Goose" from the compilation album Folkways: A Vision Shared.
Sweet Honey in the Rock has been producing music for more than 30 years. Although the members of the group have changed over time, their music has consistently combined contemporary rhythms and narratives with a musical style rooted in the Gospel music
of the African-American church. The ensemble tackles difficult five-part harmonies and composes much of their own music. They have addressed topics including motherhood
, civil liberties
, domestic violence
, and racism
Over the years, more than 20 individuals have lent their voices to Sweet Honey in the Rock. Beginning as a quartet
, the group is now composed of six African-American women (including a professional American Sign Language
interpreter who accompanies the group on concert tours).
Current group members
Previous group members
Awards and Nominations
- Grammys 2008 Best Musical Album For Children - Experience...101