With 18 Grammy-Award nominations, Take 6 are the most nominated Gospel, Jazz, Pop or R&B artists in Grammy history.
With their 10 Grammy wins, 10 Dove Awards, one Soul Train Award and two NAACP Image award nominations, the groups’ latest project is “Feels Good,” a blend of Gospel, Jazz, Pop and a touch of R&B in an inspirational melting pot of sound.
The a capella group’s “He is Christmas” from 1991 remains a holiday classic and earned both a Grammy and Dove Award.
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 inspirational songs. They have collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, Queen Latifah, Joe Sample, Quincy Jones, and Marcus Miller to name just a few.
Claude McKnight formed the a cappella quartet, at first, as The Gentlemen’s Estate Quartet while in college. He personally auditioned students for the group. They would rehearse in the campus bathroom and one day Mark Kibble walked by and heard them singing and joined in with the harmonizing. He became the fifth member and joined the group that very night. Mark Kibble later invited Mervyn Warren and the group performed under the name “Alliance.” Over the years members changed due to college goings-and-comings and so by 1985 half the group had left. Alvin Chea, Cedric Dent and David Thomas joined the group at that point.
The group signed to Warner Brothers in 1987 and changed their name to Take 6 because, after an extensive search they found that “Alliance” was already taken. Their debut in 1988 won them two Grammy Awards. In 1991, after the release of their sophomore album, Mervyn Warren left the group to pursue a career as a producer. At that time Joey Kibble, Mark’s younger brother, was invite to round out the vocal group. In 2006, the group launched Take 6 Records and release “Feels Good.” The group currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.