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Take 6 is an influential American a cappella gospel music sextet formed in 1985 on the campus of Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama.

The group sings in a contemporary style, integrating R&B and jazz influences into their devotional songs and has 10 Grammy wins, 10 Dove Awards, one Soul Train Award and two NAACP Image Award nominations. They won Grammy Awards in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1998, and 2003 and have collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Don Henley, Ray Charles, Queen Latifah, Joe Sample, Quincy Jones, Marcus Miller and Gordon Goodwin.

In 1980, Claude Mcknight formed an a cappella quartet, The Gentlemen’s Estate Quartet, at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, a Seventh-Day Adventist College, 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 Peterson Hall), 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.[1] 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.

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  • gospoman05

    Take 6! Welcome to Club 500,000!!!!!

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Keila_M

    18 Sep 2013 Reply
  • SoulJazzsterInc

    Would be awesome if they made a duet album with Bobby McFerrin

    22 Aug 2012 Reply
  • LeNewMorning

    Take 6 Au New Morning le 11 Juillet 2012 à 21H. Dans le cadre de notre Festival ALL STARS, ALVIN CHEA (Voix) CEDRIC DENT (Voix) JOEY KIBBLE (Voix) DAVID THOMAS (Voix) MARK KIBBLE (Voix) CLAUDE MCKNIGHT III (Voix) "Cette formation, qui a engrangé la bagatelle de 10 Grammy Awards (sans compter de multiples nominations dans les catégories Jazz, Pop, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues et des concerts ou enregistrements avec Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau...) a atteint un niveau inégalable dans la justesse, l'art du contre-chant, l'invention rythmique, la dynamique et... l'imitation instrumentale. Il faut avoir vu et entendu ce mélange de ferveur, de technique, d'empathie et de fluidité pour juger de l'écrasante supériorité de Take 6."

    10 May 2012 Reply
  • kookynikki

    Their version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman is about the best ever. Every time I hear it it makes me wanna cry.

    2 Jan 2011 Reply
  • GigiNYC

    Where's the listing for their album "The Standard"??? I know it's a bit of a departure for them, since it's a standards album rather than a gospel album (hence the name), but there's only one thing I can say for their cover of "Sweet Georgia Brown" -- THIS SONG ROCKS!!!!!

    6 Nov 2010 Reply
  • LizlovesU

    What's Going On отлична в их исполнении)))) люблю)

    5 Jun 2010 Reply
  • goldione

    Take 6 - "The Standard" Album is here >>> http://www.last.fm/music/Take+6/The+Standard

    4 Apr 2010 Reply
  • soaree

    Legen _wait for it _ dary!

    30 Jan 2010 Reply
  • spysztof

    I was at the concert 2 hours ago. (Poznań, Poland) That was incredible!!!!!!!! I love that band!!!

    29 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Doristil

    Hello, I didn't think that this group still exist. I have got a old CD more than ten years ago. I would be glad to let my audience discover some tittles but I don't know what to do to receive their permission. Could someone help our radio to get in touch with the leader of Take 6? It would be very kind of you. In the meantime, be free to visit our radio's site at www.franckradio.podomatic.com.

    24 Oct 2009 Reply
  • MichielOckeloen

    Great performance at the Hague Jazz Netherlands!

    6 Jun 2009 Reply
  • rickfiorin

    incrivel :D

    20 Apr 2009 Reply
  • freddiecarlton

    what a lovely music!

    26 Mar 2009 Reply
  • SeriousLive

    amazing group

    24 Mar 2009 Reply
  • olfolkie

    never heard such wonderful sliding around from one chord to another, in unexpected directions that still end up home..just heavenly

    12 Feb 2009 Reply
  • coughenour

    how inspirational! such talent!

    2 Feb 2009 Reply
  • abs2905

    Watched them in concert recently. I only have one word....SENSATIONAL!

    17 Nov 2008 Reply
  • shortmomma

    i loooove these guys

    12 Nov 2008 Reply
  • nachtpolter

    Instant good vibrations!!! Pure joy... Thank you Take 6 for your outstanding music!

    10 Oct 2008 Reply
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