Sweet Honey In The Rock

Genres: Christian & Gospel Folk Vocals
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Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sweet Honey In The Rock were formed in 1973 at the Black Repertory Theater Company, Washington DC, USA, by the civil rights activist Bernice Johnson Reagon was working there as music director. Sweet Honey In The Rock sing almost totally unaccompanied aside from hand claps, covering jazz, blues and gospel that blends historical sources with contemporary lyrical concerns. Though Reagon is the figurehead, the group has at various times included contributions from up to 20 other African-American women, each of whom built up songs from their own experiences. B’lieve I’ll Run On (See What The End’s Gonna Be) was a superior collection of songs about heroines such as Sojourner Truth and Fannie Lou Hamer. The live collection Good News featured ‘Breaths’, a tour de force of full-blooded, passionate harmony. We All... Everyone Of Us added ‘More Than A Paycheck’ and ‘Battle For My Life’ to a growing arsenal of songs. It preceded the...

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