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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, 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.

“Justin Ancheta and Maren Metke have musical nectar flowing through their veins. The dynamic Grass Valley duo are the driving force behind a project that is even sweeter than it sounds. Honey of the Heart is an ambrosial mix of musical interpretations influenced by folk, soul, roots and world/flamenco styles. Built upon a repertoire of uplifting original material, they join together with other phenomenal musicians to create in an organic state of symbiosis. Many of their songs come forth like ancient incantations, casting angelic spells on all in their path. Honey of the Heart weaves soaring harmonies and hypnotic polyrhythms into an alchemical semblance of groove intended for dancing, rejoicing and blissful recalibration. Let’s join them in celebrating the impending release of their debut studio album and the beginning of a pivotal year ahead.”

Frequent performers around the Bay Area, they were featured twice at WorldFest 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, Makers Faire ’15-’18, SoulPlay, Celtic Fest and Leonard Cohen Fest ’19. They have produced 3 EP’s since Fall 2014, including ‘Live @ CFTA’, ‘Best of Live’ “Duo Live’ in Nevada City, and their brand new debut studio album “Dive Deep” released 1/1/2020. Justin Ancheta and Maren Metke of Honey of the Heart are often joined by other talented musicians and collaborators.

Locally, they play venues such as Strings, Swedish American Music Hall, Center for the Arts, and the Great American Music Hall, while their tour schedule has taken them from Barcelona to Hawaii. After more than a decade of shows and touring, they have shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Rising Appalachia, Blues Traveler, The Wailers, Joan Baez and many more musical luminaries.

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