Ysaye Maria Barnwell
|Ysaye Maria Barnwell|
|Born||February 28, 1946|
|Genres||A cappella, soul, R&B, blues, folk|
|Occupation(s)||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 is also known for being a female bass. Barnwell 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 speech pathology 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