Thursday January 24, 2013
From The Kansas City Star
Sweet Honey in the Rock keeps changing to keep the songs flowing
By: Timothy Flynn
If longevity is a function of consistency and change, then there’s little mystery about why Sweet Honey in the Rock is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
In the last five years alone, the African-American, all-women a cappella group, founded in the fall of 1973, has engaged in a variety of projects that involve more than just keen vocal prowess, including one with dance and another with symphonic music.
“Sometimes it’s all a little mysterious,” said Carol Maillard, one of the group’s founding members. “We joke around when things get — I’ll use the word squirrelly — in our conversations about how we’re doing this and which way we’re going with that, and we’re going round and round and talking and it gets like, ‘How do people stay together in groups for 30 or 40 years? Personalities change, lifestyles and life situations change, but what remains consistent is: It’s about the music. At this point it’s not just about how does this group continue to bless our audience, but how does it serve and bless the women in it?”
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