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Take 6 Biography

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Birth Place: Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Years Active: 1987 -
Genres: Gospel, Urban Gospel, Jazz, Smooth Jazz, R&B, Pop

Take 6 are a cappella gospel music sextet that formed in 1980, and currently consists of Alvin Chea as bass; Khristian Dentley as baritone; Joey Kibble as second tenor; Mark Kibble as first tenor; Claude V. McKnight III as first tenor; and David Thomas as second tenor. The members of the group were all attending Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama when they first connected over music. The group's musical style integrates R&B and jazz music, which has earned the group Grammy Awards, ten Dove Awards, and one Soul Train Award throughout the course of their 25-year career. Take 6 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 and CeCe Winans.

After formation, the group got their start performing in local churches and on college campuses. 1985 saw some line-up changes in the group, with Alvin Chea, Cedric Dent, and David Thomas joining. The group secured a record deal with Warner Brothers in 1987, and began calling themselves Take 6. The group's debut album arrived in 1988 and charted within the top ten of both the Billboard Contemporary Jazz and Contemporary Christian Charts, and won the group two Grammy Awards. Take 6 have worked with artists, such as Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder, in addition to contributing to – and recording for – feature film soundtracks: Dick Tracy, Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, Boyz n the Hood, and the theme song to the television series Martin.

1991 saw the departure of Mervyn Warren shortly after the release of the group's second offering, “So Much 2 Say;” Joey Kibble took Warren's place. The group added instrumentation to their a cappella sound with the album, “He Is Christmas,” before returning to their a cappella roots with 1998's release, “So Cool.” The band continued to tour and release records throughout the next decade. 2006 marked the group's launch of their own Record label, Take 6 Records. Their first album to be released on their own label, “Feels Good” arrived later that same year. 2007 saw Take 6 collaborate with Eros Ramazzotti, on the duet, “Un attimo di pace.” 2008 saw Take 6 take their music in more of a jazz direction with the album, “The Standard.” The album was a huge success, met with critical acclaim from fans and critics alike, and earned the group three more Grammy Awards nominations.