"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams."
Honey Bee Entertainment is an independent record label, production house, and film composition company founded in 2012 by industry veterans (also husband and wife) Erik Grant Bennett & Elise Bennett. By creating and releasing an impressive and eclectic catalog of music over many years, Honey Bee has built and maintained a standard of excellence. In an effort to ensure the continuance and vitality of great musical artists into the future, Honey Bee also originated Buford Academy of Music, a “training ground” for young singers, instrumentalists, and performers.
Meet the Owners
Music has been a constant companion for both Elise and Erik throughout their lives. Understanding its intrinsic value and power, they aspire daily to reach, connect, and ignite others, elevating the human experience through music.
A true master of vocal technique, Elise is not only an instructor, but a diagnostician. Most struggle to grasp the “what,” while she understands the “why.” She gets all of the intricacies and obstacles of the human voice and often says she “can teach anyone to sing.” Her father is a pianist of jazz and classical origin, and her mother once sang with the Gwinnett Choral Guild, so Elise was never a stranger to music. During her grade school years, she studied voice, piano, and violin, sang with Young Singers of Callanwolde (the great Robert Shaw directed them at times), participated in LGPE and many festivals, including the National Federation of Music Clubs and a winning performance for Best Literary Trio at the GMEA conference. She would eventually attend on scholarships the music school at Georgia State University, receiving a Cum Laude degree in Vocal Performance.
As a professional, Elise has performed in over 30 different operas, such as Carmen, Tosca, Aida, La Boheme, and The Marriage of Figaro as a member of The Atlanta Opera Chorus. She has dedicated her life to mastering her craft through deep insight and strong discipline. She is also a tremendous pianist, an avid note reader, and a skilled instructor across all styles and genres. A rare departure from her usual classical world, Elise was a guest artist on the song “Unbearable Ache,” a country/pop ballad written by her husband Erik for his album “Throwback.” She has also recorded background vocals on many of the Honey Bee label’s releases.
As if raising four children and having her own business were not keeping her busy enough, Elise also plans to release her own album of original “neoclassical” songs on the Honey Bee label in the next year. But her absolute and truest sense of joy and purpose comes from working with young people and helping them break down all types of barriers. Her energy is infectious, and her work is more than a job…it’s her calling.