Ysaye Maria Barnwell
|Ysaye Maria Barnwell|
|Born||February 28, 1946|
|Genres||A cappella, soul, R&B, blues, folk|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, producer, educator, actor, writer|
|Labels||Flying Fish, EarthBeat!/Warner Bros. Records, Music For Little People, Rykodisc, Sony Music,|
|Associated acts||Sweet Honey in the Rock, Jubilee Singers|
Ysaye Maria Barnwell (born 1946) was a member of the African American a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock from 1979 to 2013. She is a prolific composer, writing many of the group's songs, as well as being commissioned to create music for dance, choral, film, and stage productions. She conducts music workshops around the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, including a workshop she created called "Building a Vocal Community: Singing in the African American Tradition". In 1977, she founded the Jubilee Singers, a choir at All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC.
Barnwell earned bachelor's and master's degrees (1967 and 1968) in speech pathology from State University of New York at Geneseo, and a PhD (1975) in cranio-facial studies from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1981, she also earned a Master of Science in Public Health, from Howard University.
Barnwell produced Sweet Honey in the Rock's 1998 25th anniversary album, ...Twenty-Five..., and edited Continuum: The First Songbook of Sweet Honey in the Rock.
Barnwell released a solo recording of stories and song, Um Humm, in 2000.
Barnwell performed her final show with Sweet Honey in the Rock, May 11, 2013, at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
- The Jubilee Singers
- Biographical Information
- No Mirrors in My Nana's House, Harcourt Children's Books, 1998, ISBN 0-15-201825-5 (hardcover), ISBN 0-15-205243-7 (paperback)
- We Are One book and musical CD based on the song "We Are" by Barnwell, Harcourt Children's Books, ISBN 0-15-205735-8
- Ysaye Maria Barnwell at the Internet Movie Database
- Ysaye Maria Barnwell at AllMovie
- Ysaye Maria Barwell's homepage
- Ysaye Maria Barwell page at Sweet Honey in the Rock
- More Information referencing the Negro Spiritual