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Take 6

With roots in gospel, doo wop, and sophisticated jazz-influenced singing groups of mid-century America, the a cappella group Take 6 are a throwback to an earlier era of American music, and they were a precursor for a number of black male pop groups of the '90s, most notably Boyz II Men. The group's membership includes Alvin Chea, Khristian Dentley (who replaced Cedric Dent in 2011), Mark Kibble, Claude V. McKnight III (brother of Brian McKnight), Joey Kibble (who replaced Mervyn Warren in 1991), and David Thomas. Kibble and McKnight caught the a cappella bug at Alabama's Oakwood College in the early '80s, forming a vocal group that solidified into Take 6 when singer/arranger Warren joined in 1985. They signed to the Warner Alliance label, for which they made a pair of smooth yet vocally adventuresome albums that defied pigeonholing other than the all-purpose a cappella classification. Take 6 (1988) won jazz and gospel Grammy awards, took three Dove awards, went platinum, and led to contributions to Spike Lee's blockbuster film Do the Right Thing and Quincy Jones' extremely successful Back on the Block. Like the debut, So Much 2 Say (1990) pulled off the remarkable feat of hitting Billboard's overall, R&B, jazz, and gospel charts with Top Ten placements in the latter two.

After that hot beginning, the group shifted over to Reprise, another Warner-distributed imprint, and delivered six additional albums -- including a live recording and a pair of holiday releases -- through the early 2000s. They continued to combine genres and mixed traditional and original material. Although their releases didn't sell as well as the debut and follow-up, the group continually added to their collection of Grammy and Dove awards. They utilized instrumental backing, beginning with Join the Band (1994), and Brothers (1996), which indicated a sharper turn toward commercial R&B, though the group did so while retaining their identity. After Beautiful World (2002), released on Warner Bros. proper, Take 6 went independent. Among their more notable later releases were The Standard (2008), which featured appearances from George Benson, Roy Hargrove, and Aaron Neville, and One (2012), highlighted by a collaboration with Stevie Wonder. They later signed with SoNo for Believe (2016), produced by label vice president and industry veteran Ross Vannelli. ~ Richard S. Ginell & Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Feels Good

1. Come On

2. This Is Another Day

3. Feels Good

4. Wait For The Sunshine

5. Family Of Love

6. More Than Ever

7. Set U Free

8. Vinterlude

9. Just In Time

10. Lamb Of God

11. I'll Never Turn Back No More

12. You Can Make It - Go On

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Track List: So Cool

1. Intro (A Cappella Is Cool)

2. So Cool

3. Sonshine

4. If You Only Knew

5. Wings Of Your Prayer

6. Fly Away

7. You'll Be Waiting For Me

8. Nothin' But Love

9. Evermore

10. Soundcheck #694 (London)

11. Everybody Ought To Know

12. A'-c?-lud*

13. Love And Harmony

14. A Few More

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Track List: Brothers

1. Sing A Song

2. You Don't Have To Be Afraid

3. I'll Be There

4. Delilah

5. Chance Of A Lifetime

6. Can't Stop Thinking 'Bout You

7. Jesus Makes Me Happy

8. We Don't Have To Cry

9. Do Right

10. Don't Let Go

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Track List: Believe

1. Beautiful Day

2. Reset

3. You Know You're In Love (Feat. Stevie Wonder)

4. When Angels Cry

5. Here In L.A.

6. Walk Away

7. Statistic (Feat. DTOXX)

8. You Make Me Happy

9. On Your Side

10. Keep The Faith (Feat. DTOXX)

11. You're All I Need

12. Song For You

13. 5 Minutes With God

14. When Angels Cry (Acapella)

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Track List: The Standard

1. Sweet Georgia Brown

2. Straighten Up And Fly Right

3. Seven Steps To Heaven

4. Windmills Of Your Mind

5. Someone To Watch Over Me

6. Grace (Reprise)

7. Back To You

8. A-Tisket, A-Tasket

9. Bein' Green

10. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans

11. What's Going On

12. Shall We Gather At The River

13. Grace

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Track List: When Angels Cry (Single)

1. When Angels Cry

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Oh my GOODNESS! I never knew chords could sound so sweet and so jazzy at the same time! The soloist is good, but those harmonies are insane!
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With all the lip syncing and pop singing, take 6 shows what God intended singing voices to sound like.
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mmcgill03
Forgot to post after seeing the group in concert. They are even better live than any recording. The harmonies are tight and amazing. The only problem was I have too many favorite songs that they sing and they couldn't do them all. I will have to catch them in concert again.
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Take 6 was my brother favorite group , R.I.P little brother Samuel B Smartt always in my heart, your big brother Antonio.
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Sometime you listen to this kind of music to remind us you don't need not worry about life and just enjoy it!!
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Take 6, takes me to a place where I just want to stay forever. There music is just awesome. LOVE>>>>>>>> > > > > > > > >
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I Set my pandoro alarm with take 6
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mmcgill03
My son is named Jordan when he was 4/5 he would always ask Why do they want me to get away?. I get to see them in concert, God willing on Oct 26, 2013! Front row seats! I can't wait!
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James. K. I. Love. Take 6. The. Best. In. The. World
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One of the best Snging Groups to come out of the Seventh Day Adventist Church!
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take6 is so inspirationa l
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Was just introduced to Take 6 this afternoon by my Dad. Thanks Dad, you've gotten me hooked on these AWESOME guys:)
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I had the privilege of seeing Take 6 in concert back in the 80's. By far the best concert I've ever been too! So glad they're still singing together
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Been a fan of these guys since I was in kindergarten ! :-D Can't wait for the anniversary album this year!!
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t6bb
i have been their #1 fan since forever...t6 is simply the best...may the Lord be praised!!!
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I can hear Singers Unlimited another influence.EX C E P T I O N A L VOCALIST!
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shengmingxiw a n g
Crazy Bass
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What a blessing it is to hear this group! Hope that this group stays around for a while.
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cestmarlene
God's anointed voices.
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I am 37 and I remember as a kid when my mother played their tape for the first time in the car! I feel in love!
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These fellas have a pure gift from God! Just barely started listening to them, but already I am amazed by their awe inspiring talent. Big fan of Brian McKnight, and I can see that their family is blessed with talent!
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God Love Elder Otis G Johnson
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So classy, cool and jazzy. Love it!
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stephanie_4e v e r t r u e
grew up on this group and they r great.Cant get enough of acapella. Get away jordan, u can never ask too much of love. two of my favorites from their early albums. Saw them in jamaica back in 1991 or 1992 and it was good to sing along. Still folloew them on line . Love u guys and continue singing for the Lord. He is proud of ur voices.
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Sweet sounds. Also love the Transfer. I love Pandora.
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I love their harmony. They need to come out with an another album because I know I would buy it in a hurry. Who ever does not know who this group is....you are missing out and if you do know who they are....share to as many as you can.
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fblssistr2
Where are the gospel albums? They were my first introduction to Take 6. "Mary don't you weep" was a standard at every church musical! Every boy band in the 80's and 90's absoulutely HAD to sing acappella live once or they weren's taken seriously, thank you Take 6!
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Great sound!
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These cats can swang oh boy ...
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One of my favorite artist, their voices are original and very refreshing!
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flatbushexil e
ya gotta add the first 2 albums. We are missing some richness here
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The Bio does not speak much of there gospel roots. As Sara Jane states, the music from there first and second album is some of the greatest music they ever did. Wake Up PANDORA!! I saw them live in Cali on the bill with the Marsales family, WOW (1986)Please come back Mervyn
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shonnie002
oh wow! This is my first time hearing Take 6 music and I must say I LOVE their style...awes o m e .
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I can't find any songs from their first album, "Take 6"...I really want to add some of those songs as song seeds...song s like "Get Away, Jordan" and "Quiet Place"...als o "So Much To Say" from their second album of the same name!
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Love Take 6!
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Their first album, self-titled "Take 6", still my favorite! Add it please, and "So Much 2 Say"
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Yes, Where is "So Much to Say"?!?!?!?! Please add this one!
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tm_thompson1
Yes, the name of the song was "I'm on my way" on their album - So Much 2 Say
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did take six ever produce a song, im on my way to canaan land, please forgive me if i misspelled the title. please respond
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ackerbex3
Where is their album "So Much To Say"? One of my favorite songs is on that album; Spread Love. Long live Take 6!!
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Their voices are so beautiful. Every time I listen to their music, I have to hold back my tears. They definitely defy the forces that govern human quality. Take 6 is truly an amazing group with the voices of perfect heavenly beings. As an aspiring Christian musician, Take 6 truly inspires me.
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johnson.lb
The true test of talent is being able to sing with NO music. Take 6 is PROOF of pure, beautiful TALENT. With all the trash calling itself "talent" today, it's so good to hear the REAL THING!!!!!
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lrboddie
I absolutely love this group I have seen them perform live and they are abosoluteley amazing. I also have met 3 of them personally and they are truly God's anointed and not afraid to share the good news with anyone.
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I love this group! They are so anointed! I really enjoy listening to acapella music. They inspire me a lot. And I believe that Acapella is the best genre there is!!!!!!!!!! ! ! OOOOOOOOOray take six!

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