Sweet Honey In The Rock Continues to Expand

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Wednesday February 27, 2013

From The Philadelphia Tribune

Sweet Honey in the Rock comes to town
By: Rita Charleston

Nearing its fourth decade, the internationally acclaimed, award-winning female African-American a cappella group, Sweet Honey in the Rock takes the stage at the Merriam Theater Feb. 28.

The group was founded in 1973 by Bernice Johnson Reagon, who was teaching a vocal workshop with the Washington, D.C. Black Repertory Company.

Around that same time, Carol Maillard, who was studying at Catholic University, was recruited to join the group and became one of the original members. Performing on and off with the group, Maillard, today an accomplished singer/songwriter and actress, is known for her powerful rendition of a “Motherless Child,’ arranged for Sweet Honey, and featured in the motion picture, “The Visit,” as well as the Dorothy Height documentary, “We Are Not Vanishing.”

According to Maillard, over the decades, more than 20 individuals have lent their voices to Sweet Honey. Beginning as a quartet, the group is now composed of six African-American women.

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