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Friday August 08, 2008

From The Washington Times

Sign A Song
By: Jenny Mayo

Unlike most members of music groups, Shirley Childress doesn’t play an instrument or sing. In fact, when she performs with her ensemble – hometown favorites Sweet Honey in the Rock – she remains cloaked in silence.

Miss Childress delivers her part of the harmony using only her hands, her body, her face – and yet, the impact of her storytelling is no less profound than that of her louder counterparts. To some people, her performances are the sun around which everything else onstage circles.

The performer who possesses this rare skill is a sign-language interpreter who proudly “sings” in the key of A: American Sign Language, accessibility and, not least of all, artistry.

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