Tuesday, July 05, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Take 6

Artist:Take 6
Song:Biggest Part Of Me
Album:Greatest Hits

The vocal group Take 6 has had success in the gospel and smooth jazz markets mostly as album artists. They never had a big hit single though songs like Biggest Part Of Me crossed over to R&B. I would describe them as a contemporary version of The Persuasions leaning towards a jazz vibe. Take 6 started out at Oakwood College in Huntsville, AL in 1980. Claude McKnight (Brian McKnight's brother) formed an a capella gospel vocal quartet. They were rehearsing in a campus bathroom for an upcoming performance when Mark Kibble walked in. He joined them on stage that night. He invited Mervyn Warren to join and the group now called Alliance performed on campus for the next few years. Alvin Chea, Cedric Dent and David Thomas joined the group in 1985 and the group signed with Warner Bros. They had to change the group name for copyright reasons and they chose Take 6. Their debut album Take 6 was released in 1988 on the Warner Alliance gospel label. The album did very well on the gospel and jazz charts and it was certified Platinum. Take 6 never really had a hit single. When Warner Alliance was closed, Take 6 was moved to Reprise. The 1990 single I L-O-V-E U was a top 20 R&B hit. Warren left in 1991 to go into record production. He was replaced by Mark Kibble's brother Joey Kibble. With one exception, that's Take 6's current lineup. This cover of the Ambrosia hit Biggest Part Of Me was from the 1994 album Join The Band. McKnight and Chea wrote new lyrics to reflect their gospel viewpoint. The single crossed over to R&B and the album was certified Gold. Take 6 recorded for Reprise until 2002. This 1999 budget comp has all their hits. Take 6 just released a new CD Believe in March with veteran producer Ross Vannelli (Gino Vannelli's brother) and special guest Stevie Wonder on harmonica. And they are currently on tour. Here's the video for Biggest Part Of Me by Take 6.

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