Take 6

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Take 6
Origin Huntsville, Alabama
United States United States
Years active 1987 – Present
Members Alvin Chea
Cedric Dent
Joey Kibble
Mark Kibble
Claude V. McKnight III
David Thomas
Past members Mervyn Warren

Take 6 is an influential American a cappella gospel music sextet formed in 1985 on the campus of Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. Take 6 sings in a contemporary style, integrating R&B and jazz influences into their devotional songs. The group is based primarily in Nashville. All members grew up Seventh-Day Adventist.[citation needed] They won Grammy Awards in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1998, and 2003. They have collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Queen Latifah, Joe Sample, Quincy Jones, Marcus Miller and Gordon Goodwin.

Group Biography

Oakwood College Years

In 1980, Claude McKnight formed an a cappella quartet, The Gentlemen's Estate Quartet, at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, where he was a freshman. He auditioned fellow students for the hobby group. The Gentlemen were rehearsing in a campus bathroom, getting ready for a performance, when Mark Kibble walked by and heard them singing. He joined the harmonizing, adding a fifth part, and ended up singing with them onstage that very night.[citation needed] 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.

Recording Group

The group was signed to Warner Brothers in 1987, and quickly changed its name to "Take 6" after a name search revealed that "Alliance" was already being used. 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. Take 6's swinging, harmony-rich gospel sound attracted a flurry of attention, and the group went on to record or appear with a number of luminaries, including Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder.

In 1991 Mervyn Warren left the group to pursue a career as a producer, and 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 "So Much To Say"; "He Is Christmas," "Join The Band" and "Brothers" continued their streak of success, and Take 6 amassed a total of seven Grammys and eight Dove awards, as well as topping the Downbeat Magazine's Reader's and Critic's poll for seven years' consecutively.[citation needed]

Take 6's 1998 release, "So Cool," brought the group back to its a cappella origins.

The 2006 release "Feels Good" was released on the band's own record label Take 6 Records.

The group currently lists Nashville, Tennessee as its home.[1]

In popular culture

The group appeared on various television entertainment programs as well as high-profile commercials ("Gatorade" with Michael Jordan, as well as others). Hot contemporary R&B groups like Boyz II Men and Coming of Age cite Take 6 as a major influence.[citation needed]

Members

Kibble married singer Karima Kibble (Trotter) of the gospel group Virtue in August 1997.
McKnight's brother is R&B musician Brian McKnight.

Discography

Album Releases

Release date Album Label RIAA certification Cover Art
1988 Take 6 Warner Brothers Gold - July 11, 1989
Platinum - June 14, 1994
1990 So Much 2 Say Warner Brothers
1991 He is Christmas Warner Brothers
1994 Join the Band Warner Brothers Gold - March 6, 1995
1995 Best of Take 6 Warner Brothers
1996 Brothers Warner Brothers
October 27, 1998 So Cool Warner Brothers
October 05, 1999 We Wish You a Merry Christmas Warner Brothers
July 20, 1999 Greatest Hits Warner Brothers
2000 Tonight: Live Warner Brothers
April 25, 2000 Best of Take 6 Warner Brothers
April 23,2002 Beautiful World Warner Brothers
March 21, 2006 Feels Good Take 6 Records

DVD releases

Release date DVD Title Label RIAA certification Cover Art

Billboard chart history

Albums

Year Album/Song Chart Peak
1989 Take 6 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 41
1989 Take 6 Top Contemporary Jazz Albums 8
1989 Take 6 The Billboard 200 71
1990 I L-O-V-E U Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 19
1990 So Much 2 Say Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 22
1990 So Much 2 Say Top Contemporary Jazz Albums 2
1990 So Much 2 Say The Billboard 200 72
1992 He Is Christmas Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 84
1992 He Is Christmas The Billboard 200 100
1994 Join The Band Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 17
1994 Join The Band The Billboard 200 86
1994 Biggest Part Of Me Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 36
1995 All I Need (Is A Chance) Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 89
1996 Brothers Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 71
1998 So Cool Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 92
2006 Feels Good Top Independent Albums 40

Awards

Award Wins

Year Award-giving body Award Category Song /Album Title
1988 Grammy Awards Best Soul Gospel Performance - Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus Take 6
1988 Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Album Take 6
1988 Grammy Awards Best Jazz Vocal Performance - Duo or Group Spread Love
1988 Dove Awards Group of the Year
1988 Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Song If We Ever
1988 Dove Awards New Artist of the Year
1989 Grammy Awards Best Gospel Performance - Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus The Savior Is Waiting
1990 Grammy Awards Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album So Much 2 Say
1990 Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Song I L-O-V-E You
1990 Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Album So Much 2 Say
1991 Grammy Awards Best Jazz Vocal Performance He Is Christmas
1991 Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Album He Is Christmas
1992 Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Album Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration (with Mervyn Warren, George Duke, David Pack, Patti Austin, , Gary Hines, Robert Sadin, Richard Smallwood, The Yellowjackets, and Fred Hammond)
1994 Grammy Awards Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album Join the Band
1994 Grammy Awards Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album Join the Band
1994 Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Album Join the Band
1996 Dove Awards Special Event Album Tribute: The Songs of Andrae Crouch (with CeCe Winans, Michael W. Smith, Twila Paris, Bryan Duncan, Wayne Watson, The Winans, Clay Crosse, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, First Call, Andrae Crouch and the All-Star Choir)
1997 Grammy Awards Contemporary Soul Gospel Album Brothers
1997 Grammy Awards Contemporary Soul Gospel Album Brothers

Award nominations

Year Award-giving body Award Category Song /Album Title
1988 Grammy Awards Best Soul Gospel Performance - Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus" (Winner) Take 6
1988 Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Album (Winner) Take 6
1988 Grammy Awards New Artist Take 6
1988 Grammy Awards Best Jazz Vocal Performance - Duo or Group (Winner) Spread Love
1988 Dove Awards Group of the Year (Winner)
1988 Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Song (Winner) If We Ever
1988 Dove Awards New Artist of the Year (Winner)
1989 Grammy Awards Best Jazz Vocal Performance - Duo or Group Like the Whole World's Watching
1989 Grammy Awards Best Gospel Performance - Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus (Winner) The Savior Is Waiting
1990 Grammy Awards Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album (Winner) So Much 2 Say
1990 Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Song (Winner) I L-O-V-E You
1990 Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Album (Winner) So Much 2 Say
1991 Grammy Awards Best Jazz Vocal Performance (Winner) He Is Christmas
1991 Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Album (Winner) He Is Christmas
1992 Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Album (Winner) Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration (with Mervyn Warren, George Duke, David Pack, Patti Austin, , Gary Hines, Robert Sadin, Richard Smallwood, The Yellowjackets, and Fred Hammond)
1992 Grammy Awards Best Jazz Vocal Performance I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
1992 Grammy Awards Best Jazz Vocal Performance I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
1994 Grammy Awards Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Duo or Group Biggest Part of Me
1994 Grammy Awards Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album (Winner) Join the Band
1994 Grammy Awards Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album (Winner) Join the Band
1994 Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Album (Winner) Join the Band
1994 Grammy Awards Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Duo or Group Biggest Part of Me
1995 Grammy Awards Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Duo or Group All I Need (Is a Chance)
1995 Grammy Awards Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Duo or Group All I Need (Is a Chance)
1996 Dove Awards Special Event Album (Winner) Tribute: The Songs of Andrae Crouch (with CeCe Winans, Michael W. Smith, Twila Paris, Bryan Duncan, Wayne Watson, The Winans, Clay Crosse, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, First Call, Andrae Crouch and the All-Star Choir)
1996 Grammy Awards Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) When You Wish Upon a Star (various artists)
1996 Grammy Awards Pop Vocal Group When You Wish upon a Star
1996 Grammy Awards Pop Vocal Group When You Wish upon a Star
1996 Grammy Awards Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) When You Wish Upon a Star (various artists)
1997 Grammy Awards R&B Group Vocalist You Don't Have to Be Afraid
1997 Grammy Awards Contemporary Soul Gospel Album (Winner) Brothers
1997 Grammy Awards R&B Group Vocalist You Don't Have to Be Afraid
1997 Grammy Awards Contemporary Soul Gospel Album (Winner) Brothers
1999 Grammy Awards Contemporary Soul Gospel Album So Cool
1999 Grammy Awards Contemporary Soul Gospel Album So Cool
2002 Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year Beautiful World
2003 Grammy Awards Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) Comes Love (with Gordon Goodwin, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, and Brian McKnight)
2004 Grammy Awards Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals Moon River (with Stevie Wonder)
2007 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Jazz Artist

Trivia

See also

External links

Footnotes

  1. ^ *"Take 6". My Space. 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-14.