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Take 6
Take 6 performs at the White House.jpg
Take 6 performs for U.S. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush during a Black Music Month celebration at the White House on June 30, 2001
Background information
OriginHuntsville, Alabama, United States
GenresGospel, urban gospel, jazz, R&B, pop
InstrumentsVoice
Years active1987–present
LabelsWarner Brothers, Take 6, Heads Up International
Associated actsStevie Wonder
Websitewww.take6.com
Members
  • Alvin Chea
  • Khristian Dentley
  • Joey Kibble
  • Mark Kibble
  • Claude V. McKnight III
  • David Thomas
Past members
 
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Take 6
Take 6 performs at the White House.jpg
Take 6 performs for U.S. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush during a Black Music Month celebration at the White House on June 30, 2001
Background information
OriginHuntsville, Alabama, United States
GenresGospel, urban gospel, jazz, R&B, pop
InstrumentsVoice
Years active1987–present
LabelsWarner Brothers, Take 6, Heads Up International
Associated actsStevie Wonder
Websitewww.take6.com
Members
  • Alvin Chea
  • Khristian Dentley
  • Joey Kibble
  • Mark Kibble
  • Claude V. McKnight III
  • David Thomas
Past members

Take 6 is an American a cappella gospel music sextet formed in 1980 on the campus of Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama.[1] The group sings in a contemporary style, integrating R&B and jazz influences into their devotional songs and has ten Grammy wins, ten Dove Awards, one Soul Train Award and two NAACP Image Award nominations. They have won Grammy Awards in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1997, and 2002, and have collaborated with other artists such as Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Don Henley, Ray Charles, Queen Latifah, Joe Sample, Quincy Jones, Marcus Miller, Brian McKnight, Gordon Goodwin, k.d. lang, Luis Miguel, Ben Tankard, Al Jarreau, and CeCe Winans.

Group biography[edit]

Oakwood College years[edit]

In 1980, Claude McKnight (older brother of R&B musician Brian McKnight) formed an a cappella quartet, The Gentlemen's Estates Quartet, at Oakwood College (now Oakwood University), a Seventh-day Adventist university in Huntsville, Alabama, where he was a freshman. He auditioned fellow students for the hobby group. The Gentlemen were rehearsing in a campus bathroom (later said to be in Moran Hall), getting ready for a performance, when Mark Kibble heard them singing. He joined the harmonizing, adding a fifth part, and ended up singing with them onstage that very night.[2] Mark later invited Mervyn Warren to join the group. The group performed under the moniker Alliance.

The group performed in local churches and on campus over the next years, with members changing due to college's inevitable comings and goings. In 1985, the lower half of the group (bass, baritone, and second tenor) left upon graduating. At that time, Alvin Chea, Cedric Dent, and David Thomas joined.

Music career[edit]

The group was signed to Warner Brothers in 1987, and quickly changed its name to Take 6 after a name search revealed Alliance was in use. Their eponymous debut album, released in 1988, won them two Grammy Awards and resulted in top ten appearances on both the Billboard Contemporary Jazz and Contemporary Christian Charts. Their swinging, harmony-rich sound attracted much attention; the group went on to record or appear with a number of luminaries, including Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, and Stevie Wonder, to name a few. They recorded for the soundtracks of Dick Tracy, Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, Boyz n the Hood, and the theme song to the TV series Martin. They earned performances on Saturday Night Live, the Oscars, and the Grammys, and have had the honor of performing for four U.S sitting Presidents, including the Democratic National Convention.

In 1991, after the release of their second album, So Much 2 Say, Mervyn Warren left the group to pursue a career as a producer. Joey Kibble, Mark's younger brother, was invited to round out the vocal lineup. The group added instrumentation to their purely a cappella sound beginning with the record, He Is Christmas. Join The Band and Brothers continued their Grammy streak. Take 6's 1998 release, So Cool, brought the group back to its a cappella origins.

In 2006 the group launched Take 6 Records; Feels Good the first album on their new label, was released the same year.

In 2007, they recorded a duet with Eros Ramazzotti in his cd ("Eros al quadrato") singing backing vocals to the song Un attimo di pace.

In 2008, Take 6 released The Standard, which was a first time voyage for the group into a more traditional Jazz repertoire. The Standard, a critically hailed success, garnered three more Grammy nominations providing them the distinct honor of being the most Grammy nominated vocal group in history.[citation needed]

The group's home-base is Nashville, Tennessee, with two members residing in Los Angeles.[3] All original members grew up Seventh-day Adventist.[1]

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

Discography[edit]

Album releases[edit]

YearAlbumUSUS
R&B
US
Gospel
US
Jazz
LabelCertification(s)
1988Take 6714138Warner Brothers
  • US: Platinum
1990So Much 2 Say722282
1991He Is Christmas10084
1994Join the Band861717
  • US: Gold
1995Best of Take 6
1996Brothers71
1998So Cool928
1999Greatest Hits22
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
2000Tonight: Live
Best of Take 6
2002Beautiful World14
2006Feels Good10Take 6 Records
2008The Standard62Heads Up International
2010The Most Wonderful Time of the Year7040
2012One15Shanachie

("–" denotes that a release did not chart)

Singles[edit]

Video releases[edit]

YearTitleLabelNotes
1992All AccessWarner RepriseVHS
2009Michael McDonald – A Tribute to Motown [Live]E1 EntertainmentGuest

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Award[edit]

YearCategoryTitleResult
1988Best Soul Gospel Performance – Duo, Group, Choir or ChorusTake 6Won
1988Best Jazz Vocal Performance – Duo or Group"Spread Love"Won
1988Best Gospel Performance – Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus"The Savior Is Waiting"Won
1988New ArtistNominated
1989Best Jazz Vocal Performance – Duo or Group"Like the Whole World's Watching"Nominated
1990Best Contemporary Soul Gospel AlbumSo Much 2 SayWon
1991Best Jazz Vocal PerformanceHe Is ChristmasWon
1992Best Jazz Vocal Performance"I'm Always Chasing Rainbows"Nominated
1994Best Contemporary Soul Gospel AlbumJoin the BandWon
1994Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Duo or Group"Biggest Part of Me"Nominated
1995Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Duo or Group"All I Need (Is a Chance)"Nominated
1996Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)"When You Wish Upon a Star"Nominated
1996Pop Vocal Group"When You Wish upon a Star"Nominated
1996Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)"When You Wish Upon a Star"Nominated
1997Contemporary Soul Gospel AlbumBrothersWon
1997R&B Group Vocalist"You Don't Have to Be Afraid"Nominated
1999Contemporary Soul Gospel AlbumSo CoolNominated
2002Contemporary Gospel Album of the YearBeautiful WorldNominated
2002Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals"Love's In Need of Love Today" (with Stevie Wonder)Won
2003Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)Comes Love (with Gordon Goodwin, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, and Brian McKnight)Nominated
2004Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals"Moon River" (with Stevie Wonder)Nominated
2009Best Gospel Performance"Shall We Gather At The River"Nominated
2009Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)"Grace"Nominated
2009Best Jazz Instrumental Solo"Seven Steps To Heaven"Nominated

GMA Dove Award wins[edit]

YearCategoryTitle
1988Contemporary Gospel AlbumTake 6
1988Group of the Year
1988Contemporary Gospel Song"If We Ever"
1988New Artist of the Year
1990Contemporary Gospel Song"I L-O-V-E You"
1990Contemporary Gospel AlbumSo Much 2 Say
1990Contemporary Gospel AlbumHe Is Christmas
1992Contemporary Gospel AlbumHandel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration
1994Contemporary Gospel AlbumJoin the Band
1996Special Event AlbumTribute: The Songs of Andrae Crouch (various artists)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ostling, Richard N. (1989-03-20). "Religion: Evangelism And All That Jazz". TIME. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  2. ^ "Take 6 Contemporary Christian A Cappella Group". Singers.com. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  3. ^ Take 6 on Myspace
  4. ^ a b Artist Biography by Richard S. Ginell. "Take 6 | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-12-24. 

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