Most of our records are Jazz…this particular project is straight Gospel,” said Claude McKnight member of the multi-platinum selling a cappela group about their newest album release “One” on Shanachie.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary Take 6 (McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley) released a Gospel project that has a guest appearance by Stevie Wonder.  The sextet, known for their Jazz/Gospel influenced projects, has garnered 10 Grammy Awards and 10 Dove Awards during their career. On this new project Take 6 focuses solely on Gospel taking us from ole’ time Spirituals to Contemporary R&B influenced songs.

“We always ministered,” Claude pointed out. “On this one we wanted to get home how the belief system works.”

Take 6 offers 11 selections to explain their message, of that I find I play over and over again “Down Here I’ve Done My Best,” because their harmony had me visually in a cotton field singing of my misery with ole’ time Spirituals. “Can’t Imagine Love Without You,” featuring and written by Stevie Wonder, is a classic Wonder masterpiece with Take 6 offering harmonic supporting vocals. Their cover of the Spiritual “What a Friend We have in Jesus,” which includes a twist of Jazz influence, is also a favorite along with “Glorious Day,” a jump-and-shout selection and “Further Along,” for its ole’ time Spiritual feel.

“’One’ to us is there is ‘One’ Jesus, ‘One’ Savior and ‘One’ way to come to the Father,” stressed McKnight. When I asked about their 25 years together he said, “We continue to do it because we are ‘One.’”

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