Take 6 ministers through its musical talents

| Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 7:03 p.m.

Claude McKnight says Take 6 is more than a musical group, it is a “ministry.”

“We have always been a gospel group that has been focused in presenting a philosophy of spirituality and positive thought,” says McKnight, one of the original members of the a cappella group that performs Oct. 11 at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, North Side.

The members of the band share that sense of meaning, he says, which has made it easy for them to stay together for 25 years.

He says the six members of the band “respect each other” so much they go into all of their projects without any questions or doubts of motivation.

For that reason, there have been only two personnel changes in the group's history. The most recent of them, in 2011, simply settled touring conflicts original member Cedric Dent was having because of his teaching post at Middle Tennessee State University.

McKnight says Dent had been sharing performance dates with Khristian Dentley, and they finally decided to let Dentley take over the post full-time.

For them and the other members of the group — Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea — Take 6 is more than simply a job.

“The Lord's work permeates us to the core,” McKnight says. “What comes out of you is what is inside of you.”

Those thoughts fully explain the music of Take 6. It is rooted in the soulfulness of gospel music and can range from classics of that genre to the group's interpretations of standards. That work has resulted in 10 Grammys and 10 Dove awards, which are given for Christian music.

The range of music allows them to perform shows like this, an examination of 25 years of the group's music, or Christmas-oriented shows, which it did in its last appearance at the guild in 2011.

Its current album, ”One,” is a clear presentation of the group's style and variety. McKnight says the group's next recording project will be a technologically improved redo of its first album, “Take 6,” which is no longer available as a CD.

After that, the singers are thinking about a duet album in which they would perform with a number of soloists. Or, he says, there is the possibility of an album with an orchestra.

“There are a lot of possibilities, so stay tuned.”

Bob Karlovits is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at bkarlovits@tribweb.com.

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