Twenty five years ago, in Huntsville, Alabama, Claude McKight (brother of singer Brian McKnight) formed a 6 member acapella group at Oakwood College. Claude, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea, and Khristian Dentley had no idea the ride that they were in for in the years to come. Claude’s dream was to create a group that sang contemporary R&B style music with jazz influence, using spiritual or inspirational lyrics. Their performances still captivate audiences today, just as they did back then. What is the secret to their success? Faith, friendship, love of music, and respect. Many of the group members also had acquired bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from Oakwood, which surely also helped along their success.
The success of this group has been huge! They have toured all over the world, including the US, Asia, South America, Europe, Austrailia, Canada, and Cuba. They have also performed on film soundtracks, such as “Boyz in the Hood” and “Dick Tracy,” and the TV series “Martin.” They’ve performed on Saturday Night Live, the Oscars, the Grammy’s, the Democratic National Convention, and for 4 US presidents. They have collaborated with many other famous musicians, including Ray Charles, Whitney Houston, Quincy Jones, k.d. lang, Queen Latifah, Brian McKnight, CeCe Winans, and Stevie Wonder.
Take 6 is considered the most award winning acapella group in history. They have won 10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards (which is a Gospel music award), and Vocal Group of the Year. They have been named Best Vocal Jazz Group 7 years in a row and were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
The group is now based out of Nashville, Tennessee, but is still touring the world! This phenomenal group will be performing in Lincoln, Nebraska at the Lied Center on Friday, December 11. Check them out if you are interested in hearing some incredible acapella singing!