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Take 6, heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet,” is the quintessential a cappella group and model for vocal genius. Composed of Claude McKnight III, Mark Kibble, Joey Kibble, David Thomas, Alvin Chea, and Khristian Dentley, the six virtuosic voices united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, and Whitney Houston, the multiplatinum-selling sextet has toured across the globe, collaborated across genres, and is recognized as the preeminent a cappella group in the world.
With the popularity of televised vocal competitions such as the explosive a cappella show The Sing-Off and the mania over singing-driven comedy dramas such as Glee and Smash, Take 6 is the original torchbearer. Two recent major events reminded everyone of this, as Take 6 triumphed among a gathering of stars including Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Nicks, and Ne-Yo. At Walmart’s 50th anniversary celebration, Take 6 captivated the audience with its rendition of the Louis Armstrong hit, “What a Wonderful World.” Showing the global reach of this phenomenal group, Take 6 closed the show to a standing ovation with the South African male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo! Two weeks later, at the behest of legendary producer Phil Ramone, Take 6 thrilled a sold-out audience at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards performing with and honoring legendary singer-songwriter Ben E. King on his classic “Stand By Me.” As a group that knows no musical bounds, they then brought the house down with their tribute to folk icon Woody Guthrie with “This Land Is Your Land.”
Take 6 has come a long way from their days at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, where McKnight formed the group as the Gentleman’s Estate Quartet in 1980. The group eventually became known as Alliance but when they signed to Reprise Records in 1987, they found that there was another group with the same name, so they became Take 6. Their self-titled debut CD won over jazz and pop critics and they’ve never slowed down since then.
What makes the music and the group last this long? The answers are direct and simple: faith, friendship, respect, and love of music. From their exceptional Christmas show to their innovative symphony concerts, these qualities are at the heart of the Take 6 phenomenon.
Whether it’s pizzazz or peace, the sextet is a cappella glory.
Whether lending their talents to Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston or Justin Timberlake, Take 6 has worked to deeply touch the souls of all who hear them.
Take 6 stays faithful to its creamy vocal blends and gleaming gospel harmonies
—New York Times