- 10 Grammy Awards - 3 Gold Albums
- 10 Gospel Music Awards (Doves) - 1 Platinum Album
- Soul Train Music Award - BRE Vocal Group of the Year
- 2 NAACP Image Award nominations
”Best Jazz Vocal Group” –(Down Beat Magazine’s Readers’ & Critics’ Poll) ) 7 consecutive years
This award-winning sextet broke new ground in a cappella in the '80s, paving the way for the popular revival of R&B vocal groups. Their jazz harmonies, original songs and vocal pyrotechnics represent some of the best a cappella ever recorded. ‘A gospel, R&B and jazz inspired statement of faith in the power of God’ is how TAKE 6 describes their music.
TAKE 6 is the most awarded a cappella group in history, with ten Grammy’s, ten Dove Awards (Gospel Music Awards), Best Jazz Vocal Group honors for seven consecutive years in Downbeat’s prestigious Reader’s and Critic’s Poll, a Soul Train Music Award, BRE (Black Radio Exclusive) Vocal Group of the Year, and two NAACP Image Award nominations, amid countless other musical and humanitarian citations. Showing the global appeal of this phenomenal group, they celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a World Tour including stronghold favorite markets Asia, South America, eastern and western Europe and the United States, TAKE 6 opened up new markets, including their debut tours of Australia and Canada, to rave reviews and overwhelming audience reception. From New York’s famed Blue Note to the Montreux Jazz Festival, from PBS to ABC-TV specials, their 25th Anniversary year has been a smashing success.They remain the quintessential and pre-eminent a capella group in the world, working harder than ever, and loving every minute of it.
TAKE 6 knows no musical bounds. Heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet!’, TAKE 6 (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley), is the quintessential a cappella group and the model for vocal genius. They have redefined the standards for vocal music. The sextet has recorded and/or performed with an impressive array of talent, past and present, including 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. They've performed on film soundtracks including Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing, John Singleton's Boyz In The Hood, Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy, David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, and the theme song to the TV series Martin.
TAKE 6 captivates the audience wherever they perform. At Walmart's 50th Anniversary celebration,, alongside Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Justin Timberlake, their rendition of the Louis Armstrong hit, What a Wonderful World was received uproariously and when they closed the show with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the crowd went wild during a standing ovation. Two weeks later, at the behest of legendary producer Phil Ramone, TAKE 6 thrilled at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards performing with, and honoring, legendary singer-songwriter Ben E. King on his classic "Stand by Me." Joining such luminaries on stage as Stevie Nicks, Ne-Yo, and more, TAKE 6 once again brought the house down with their tribute to folk icon Woody Guthrie with This Land Is Your Land. More recently, they were honored to be invited to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this civil rights icon’s assassination at the Medgar Evers Memorial.
2014 has begun with a nomination to the Gospel Hall of Fame and in September they will receive the Heroes and Legends (HAL) Award for their exceptional career. They were hand-selected to perform in Las Vegas and Atlanta for the JAZZ ROOTS Tribute to Ray Charles. In addition, 2014 marks the inaugural “TAKE 6 A Cappella Competition” at the University of Florida Performing Arts in Gainesville, FL.
TAKE 6 has come a long way from their days at Huntsville, Alabama’s Oakwood College where Claude McKnight formed the group as The Gentleman’s Estate Quartet in 1980. When tenor Mark Kibble heard the group rehearsing in the dorm bathroom, he joined in the harmonies and performed on stage with them that night. When they signed to Reprise Records/Warner Bros. in 1987, they found that there was another group with the same name as the second incarnation of the group, Alliance, so they became TAKE 6. Says McKnight: “TAKE 6 was all about a democratic process of throwing a couple of hundred names at each other and TAKE 6 was the one that got the most yay votes. It pretty much was a play on the Take 5 jazz standard and the fact that there are six of us in the group.”
Their self-titled debut CD won over jazz and pop critics, scored two 1988 Grammy Awards, landed in the Top Ten Billboard Contemporary Jazz and Contemporary Christian Charts --- and 25 years later they are in even greater demand. They earned performances on Saturday Night Live, the Oscars, the Grammys, and have had the honor of performing for four sitting U.S. Presidents, and at the Democratic National Convention.
What makes the music and the group remain successful for this long? The answers are direct and simple: faith, friendship, respect, and love of music. From their exceptional live performances to their recordings, these qualities remain at the heart of the TAKE 6 phenomenon.
One, their fifteenth album, is TAKE 6’s most recent recording. It is the group’s return to their spiritual heritage. They look forward to recording their new project, a duets album with stellar partners already on board.
TAKE 6 - AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
2002 Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group: Love’s In Need of Love Today
1997 Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album: Brothers
1992 Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album: Handel’s Messiah- A Soulful Celebration
1996 Best Pop Contemporary Gospel Album: Tribute- The Songs of Andrae Crouch
1994 Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album: Join the Band
1991 Best Jazz Vocal: He Is Christmas
1990 Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album: So Much 2 Say
1989 Best Gospel Performance By A Duo or Group: The Savior Is Waiting
1988 Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group: Spread Love
1988 Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo or Group: Take 6
2012 One N/A
2010 The Most Wonderful Time of the Year #9 Jazz Albums
# 23 Top Holiday Albums
2008 The Standard #6 Jazz Albums
2006 Feels Good #10 Top Gospel Albums
2002 Beautiful World #14 Top Gospel Albums
2000 Tonight: Live N/A
1999 The Greatest Hits #22 Top Gospel Albums
1999 We Wish You a Merry Christmas #29 Top Christian
1998 So Cool #8 Top Gospel Albums
1996 Brothers #71 R&B Albums
1995 Best of Take 6 N/A
1994 Join the Band #17 Top Gospel Albums
#17 R&B Albums
1991 He Is Christmas #84 R&B Albums
1990 So Much 2 Say #2 Jazz Albums
#8 Top Gospel Albums
1988 Take 6 #8 Top Contemporary Jazz Albums
1997 You Don’t Have To Be Afraid #13 Bubbling Under R&B Singles
1996 Moody’s Mood For Love #71 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay
1995 You Can Never Ask Too Much #3 Bubbling Under R&B Singles
1995 All I Need Is A Chance #89 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay
1994 Biggest Part Of Me #38 Hot R&B/ Hip-Hop Airplay
1990 I L-O-V-E U #19 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs