SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK performs Grammy Award winning music at Wingate University

Contact: Kim Williams
Communication Writer

Wingate, N.C. – Drawing upon rich African-American musical traditions, Grammy Award winning SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK captures the complex sounds of blues, spirituals, gospel, R&B, African chants, ancient lullabies and jazz improvisation. The performance will be in McGee Theatre at Wingate University’s Batte Center on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

“Their voices are all fabulous, and they unite to create a sound so pure, smooth and homogenous that it does not seem humanly possible,” said the Fort Worth Telegram. SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK’s achievements include performing in Nairobi and Beijing at the U.N. World Conference on Women, two PBS documentaries “Gotta Make This Journey” and “SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK: Raise Your Voice,” Grammy nominations and a shared Grammy Award for their participation in the multi-artist record “Folkways: A Vision Shared – A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly.” They again honored Guthrie in a Centennial Celebration of his birthday presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington in Nov. 2012. The group appeared in a 1986 PBS special, “The Dream and the Drum,” on the first national observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

SWEET HONEY was originally formed as a quartet in 1973 at a workshop at the D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company in Washington, D.C. Founding members got their name from the first song they learned, “Sweet Honey in the Rock,” based on a Biblical psalm. “Sweet Honey speaks of a land that is so rich when you break the rocks open, honey flows. And we thought it was something like us African-American women . . . strong like a rock, but inside [there’s] honey – sweet,” Louise Robinson, one founding member, said.

This performance of SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK is part of Wingate University’s Connected Campus 2014: CREATED EQUAL, a series of events that explore equality as a dynamic force for social, economic, political and cultural change. In keeping with the belief that diversity of experience is essential to a well-rounded education, The Connected Campus is a collaborative project of the Wingate University Departments of International Studies, History and Political Science, English, Lyceum, Student Life, Art, Athletics, Friends of the Library and The Batte Center. 2014 Community partners include Singing Black and White and the Ulysses Spring Festival of the Arts.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at or by calling the Batte Center Box Office at 704-233-8300 or Carolina Tix at 704-372-1000. This performance is Sign Language Interpreted for the hearing impaired. To learn more about SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK, visit

The Batte Center
Opened in 1999, the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center presents events in McGee Theatre, the Plyer-Griffin Recital Hall and Austin Auditorium. Located just a short five minute drive from Monroe, The Batte is three blocks off of Highway 74 and only 29 miles southeast of Charlotte. Free parking is plentiful and all three performance spaces offer full wheelchair accessibility.

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,000 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

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