For Immediate Release: March 19, 2015
BLOOMSBURG— World-famous a cappella group, Take 6, celebrates their 25th anniversary during a tour that will stop on campus as part of Bloomsburg University’s Celebrity Artist Serie.
Take 6 will perform on Thursday, April 2, at 8 p.m., at Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children and BU students.
The sextet’s first album, “Take 6,” received two Grammy Awards and was featured on the Top Ten Billboard Contemporary Jazz and Contemporary Christian charts. Take 6 has accrued 10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award and two NAACP Image Awards nominations – the most awards in vocal group history. They have recorded a total of 16 CDs; the most recent is “One,” recorded in 2012.
The group formed at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Ala., in 1980. Claude McKnight formed the initial group, The Gentleman’s Estate Quartet, during his freshman year. He auditioned fellow students and, as the group transformed into a sextet, changed its name to Alliance. During the early years, Alliance performed in local churches and on campus. After seven years and numerous member alterations, the sextet signed to Reprise Records/Warner Bros. in 1987 and changed the name to Take 6.
Recognized as the pre-eminent a cappella group, Take 6 combines gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues and pop and has worked with artists including Ray Charles, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah and Stevie Wonder. They have appeared on TV’s “Saturday Night Live” and entertained at the Oscars and the Grammys. The group has also performed for four U.S. presidents and at the Democratic National Convention.
During their recent tour in Las Vegas, the group extended their performance schedule by six weeks, a testament of the group’s steady popularity.
The final BU Celebrity Artist Series production for 2014-2015 will feature Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, American Spiritual, on Friday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. Tickets are $25.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.