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Take 6

Take 6, at various times, comprised of:

Alvin 'Vinnie' Chea (b. 2nd November 1967, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.)

Cedric Carl Dent (b. 24th September, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.)

David Reginald Thomas (b. 1966, U.S.A.)

Khristian Dentley (b. 17th August, Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.A.)

Mervyn Warren (b. 29th February 1964, Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.A.)

Mark Winston Kibble (b. 7th April 1964, U.S.A.)

Joel Alan Kibble (b. 26th May 1971, Buffalo, New York, U.S.A.)

and

Claude V. McKnight III (b. 2nd October 1962, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.)

Based in Nashville all of the members of Take 6 are classically trained.

Initially a quartet known as the Sounds Of Distinction then the Alliance, this highly rated ensemble first formed at the Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama.

The group evolved into a six-piece acappella gospel group whose harmonies have been described as the greatest ever by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys amongst others.

The combination of their Seventh-day Adventist beliefs and their appreciation of jazz and R & B enabled them to make inroads into both record-buying markets, winning Grammies for best Soul Gospel and best Jazz Vocal categories.

Take 6's albums have varied over the years between pure acapella to soothing soul music releases.

Their first album, entitled 'Dooo Be Doo Wop Bop!', was released on Reprise Records in 1988.

Their 1990 appearance with K.D.Lang in the movie 'Dick Tracy' singing 'Ridin The Rails' gave them further valuable exposure.

Take 6 were involved in Spike Lee's movie soundtrack to the film 'Do The Right Thing'.

Additionally, they have recorded with Dianne Reeves, Quincy Jones ('Back On The Block') and Joe Sample (on the album 'Spellbound' performing 'U-Turn').

'Join The Band' marked a new direction for the group as it incorporated live musicians including Greg Phillinganes, Gerald Albright and Herbie Hancock.

It also featured lead vocals from Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and a rap from Queen Latifah.

Take 6 returned in 2002, with the album 'Beautiful World' on Warner Brothers, produced by bass player, Marcus Miller.

'Feels Good' was the light of day in 2006, which was followed by 'The Standard' in 2008, an album of various interpretations of musical evergreens.

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Albums:

Take 6 - Doo Be Doo Wop Bop! (Reprise 1988)

So Much 2 Say (Reprise 1990)

He Is Christmas (Reprise 1991)

Join The Band (Reprise 1994)

Brothers (Reprise 1996)

So Cool ( Reprise 1998)

We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Warner Brothers 1999)

Tonight: Live (Reprise 2000)

Beautiful World (Warner Brothers 2002)

Feels Good (Miles High Productions 2006)

Greatest Hits (Rhino / WEA 2007)

The Standard (Heads Up 2008)

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (Heads Up 2010)

Believe (Caroline International P&D Records 2016)

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