Winners of 10 Grammy’s, ten Dove Awards (Gospel Music Awards) and a Sould Train Music Award, Take 6 were called, for seven years in a row, Best Jazz Vocal Group in Downbeat’s prestigious Reader’s and Critic’s Poll. Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley celebrated, last year, their 25th anniversary on a world tour.
Named by Quincy Jones as the “ baddest vocal cats on the planet!’, Take 6 is a role model for young vocal genius. Six virtuosic voices united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, the sextet has redefined the standards of a cappella music. The secret of their longevity is faith, friendship, respect, and love of music.
Their debut album scored two Grammy Awards and was very much appreciated by the critics. Their success continues during all these years, when they performed at Saturday Night Live, the Oscars, the Grammy’s, and have had the honor of performing for four sitting U.S. Presidents.
Performing in famous places such as the Blue Note Club and at well known festivals such as Montreaux Jazz Festival, Take 6 has sang along faÎmous jazz artists: Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Al Jarreau, Don Henley, James Taylor, k.d. lang, Patti Austin, Randy Travis, Queen Latifah, Sheryl Crow, Branford Marsalis and BeBe & CeCe Winans. Moreover, their unique voices are on the soundtrack of the movies ”Do The Right Thing”, ”Boyz In The Hood”, ”Dick Tracy”, ”Glengarry Glen Ross” and the theme song of the TV series ”Martin”.