Take 6 slowly took shape throughout the early to mid 1980s. It first began when Claude McKnight formed an a capella quartet, The Gentlemen's Estate Quartet, at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama in 1980. The group became a quartet when Mark Kibble happened to be walking by while they were rehearsing in the bathroom before a show and decided to join.
The group performed in local churches and on campus over the next several years under the moniker 'Alliance.' However, in 1985 as three of the group's members left upon graduation, the group that would become Take 6 formed. Three members that year joined the group, Alvin Chea, Cedric Dent and David Thomas. Lastly, Kibble invited Mervyn Warren to join the group, making it a six man troop.
In 1987, the group was signed to Warner Brothers and changed their name to Take 6 after finding Alliance to be taken. And so it was that Chea, Dent, Thomas, McKight, Kibble and Warren formed Take 6.
The group's self-titled debut album came out in 1988 and was a big success, going platinum. The album won the group two grammy's and attracted the group a great deal of attention for their harmony-rich gospel sound.
In 1990, the group added recorded instruments to their sound with the release of their album So Much To Stay. However, following the release, Warren left and the gap was filled in by Mark Kibble's brother Joey. The group continued to score success with their albums He Is Christmas, Join The Band which went gold, and Brothers. Betwen 1988 and 1997, the group received seven Grammy Awards.
The group returned to a capella in 1998 when they released their album So Cool. The group's last release came in 2006 when they released the album Feels Good on their own Take 6 Records.