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A cappella sensation TAKE 6 defies category. The instantly recognizable and irrepressible GRAMMY and Dove Award winners are a perfect representation of what Duke Ellington called "Beyond Category." TAKE 6 has earned the distinct honor of "the most GRAMMY nominated vocal group in history," and is truly unique in their sound: Six angelic and refined voices united in crystal clear harmony, against a rip tide of syncopated rhythms, ornate arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop flavor.
The TAKE 6 story began in 1980 at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, when Claude McKnight formed a quartet known as the Gentleman's Estate Club. When tenor Mark Kibble heard the group rehearsing in the campus bathroom, he joined in the harmonies and performed on stage with the group that same night. Mervyn Warren joined shortly after, and they briefly took the name of Alliance, performing locally for several years, as older members graduated and new voices arrived on campus.
In 1987, the group signed with Warner Brothers and changed their name to TAKE 6. Their self-titled debut album, released the following year, scored two GRAMMY Awards and landed in the top ten on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz and Contemporary Christian charts.
TAKE 6 has garnered 10 GRAMMY Awards, 10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award, and two NAACP Image Award nominations. They have won praise, and recorded or performed with such luminaries as Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder, as well as the late Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, and Whitney Houston.
The multi-platinum selling sextet returned to their roots with their highly anticipated Shanachie Entertainment debut, ONE, on March 27, 2012. The first single and title track, ONE, captured the genius behind what has made the a cappella powerhouse a phenomenon for decades.
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