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About Honey of the Heart

Honey of the Heart is an ambrosial mix of musical interpretations influenced by folk, soul, jazz and world/flamenco influences, created in a collective and organic manner.

Fronted by Justin Ancheta and Maren Metke, their style is described as Folk, Soul, World, Roots, fusion with rich harmonies, and powerful vocals.

This versatile, inspiring duo, often backed by their dynamic and talented band, weaves together soaring, rich vocals and melodies, haunting, epic, harmonies, contagious polyrhythms infused with deep, soulful, intimate presence, message and skill to sweeten the hearts of all who listen.


In April ’14, Metke and Ancheta met in an echoey room in Oakland, introduced by a common musician friend. Their complementary musical chemistry & powerful collaborative influence was evident. They have been steadily creating, inspiring, collaborating and performing ever since.

At the core, Honey of the Heart is made of Internationally acclaimed touring musician Justin Ancheta is a guitarist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer that joined forces with the amazing Maren Metke, who is a vocalist, songwriter & pianist who has performed all along the West Coast and India.

They were featured twice at World Fest 2015, Prana Festival 2014, Foreverland Festival 2014, had the honor of opening for Taj Mahal in March 2015, and Rising Appalachia in Fall 2014. They made appearances at SOUP Fest ’14-’17, Bicycle Music Festival, Wild and Scenic Film Festival ’14- ’17, High Sierra Music Festival ’15-’19, Ritual Magic, Makers Faire ’15-’18, SoulPlay, Celtic Fest and Leonard Cohen Fest ’19. They have produced 3 EP’s since Fall 2014, including ‘Live @ CFTA’, They released their ‘Best of Live’ “Duo Live’ in Nevada City, and are currently working on a full studio album (release predicted for fall 2019). Justin Ancheta and Maren Metke of Honey of the Heart are often joined by Adrienne Shamszad, Heather Normandale, Eliyahu Sills, Jesse Weber, Alex Scammon (Garcia), Cello Joe and more special guests.

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