“I heard the two harmonic voices and instruments one night amidst candles and stars …it was completely transformational! Don’t miss a beautiful musical journey with Honey of the Heart!” ” - Susan Shriver

— KVMR DJ, Nevada City, CA

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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. 

Internationally acclaimed touring musician Justin Ancheta is a guitarist, vocalist, multi instrumentalist, joined forces with Maren Metke, who is a vocalist, songwriter and instrumentalist performing across the US and India. Both strong composers & performers, they tour as a duo as well as full band.

Justin and Maren formed the group Honey of the Heart to inspire and connect people with their voices, melodies and rhythms from around the world. Based in Northern California with strong roots in the Bay Area, Seattle & Sierra Foothills, The group is about to release their premier studio full length album that combines talented musicians from across California. The new album gets as intimate as just vocals and Ukulele, to as large as a twelve piece band with a horn section, multiple percussionists, and DJ. Their live shows emote a sweet nectar of sounds that can bring people to personal revelation, community awareness, and uplift the power of joy in our hearts.

They are also parents and family with Juniper, their daughter, and combine their work as parents, educators, and musicians, to support a humanistic model to dealing with life, loss, joy, and matters of the heart. Watch out for them on their west coast tour this spring, and this summer/fall including more inland states, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Montana.

Credentials

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 released their full studio album ‘Dive Deep in 2020, (just before the pandemic hit) and have been releasing Ep’s every couple of months ever since. 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 GV,  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 Ayla Nereo, Taj Mahal, Rising Appalachia, Blues Traveler, The Wailers, Joan Baez and many more musical luminaries.

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Justin and Maren formed the group Honey of the Heart to inspire and connect people with their voices, rhythm, and melodies from around the world. Inspired by Martin Prechtel’s phrase & prayer from his books describing “utzil”, meaning ‘Long Life and Honey in the Heart”, and the work of connecting to the sweet moments in life. Based in Grass Valley, CA with strong roots in the Bay Area and Seattle, the group is about to release their premier studio full length album that combines talented musicians from across California. The new album gets as intimate as just vocals, harmony and ukulele, to as large as a twelve piece band with a horn section, multiple percussionists, three part harmonies, and DJ. Their live shows emote a sweet nectar of sounds that can bring people to personal revelation, community awareness, and uplift the power of joy in our hearts. 

 

The album dropped early in 2020 and they will be touring heavily to promote their new work as educators of the heart. They are now the parents of Juniper, their daughter, and plan to combine their work as parents, educators, and musicians, to create a humanistic, compassionate approach to walking through life, loss, joy, and matters of the heart. Watch out for them on their west coast tour this spring, and this summer/fall including more inland states, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Montana. 

 

2020 Tour stops and highlights: Visit to Bolad’s Kitchen & as many Hot Springs and conscious, inclusive Festivals as possible. Workshops and Classes focused on unity through music improv, cultivating the self, community, and skill sharing using Maren and Justin’s tools in NVC, Neurolinguistics, Environmentalism, and Musicality.

 

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Reaching (CFTA Rising Appalachia Show) 

Flyin’ Fallin (Original NPR Tiny Desk)
Mama (Live at CA WorldFest)
Boon Carri E 

 

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"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, jazz 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. "

-T Blue, 'Connected to the Source' Podcast

“I heard the two harmonic voices and instruments one night amidst candles and stars …it was completely transformational! Don’t miss a beautiful musical journey with Honey of the Heart!” -Susan Shriver, KVMR DJ, Nevada City, CA

 

“like a soulful balm, honey of the heart moves the spirit and invites the body to follow with their undulating harmonies and beautiful lyrics. seeing them is a joyous full body experience” ~ Shari C.W. Grass Valley, CA

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