Grammy Winning Vocal Group Visits School of Arts and Entertainment

A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses

Take 6, an award-winning American gospel a cappella group, visited East Campus on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Professor of Digital Media Howard Tate is a friend of one of the group’s members, Khristian Dentley, and orchestrated the visit to East Campus. Prior to arriving on East Campus, Take 6 performed a benefit concert in Haiti.

The vocal sextet hails from Alabama and was formed in 1980. The group, which blends jazz with spiritual and inspirational lyrics, has released 16 albums. It has also received eight Grammy Awards as well as Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award and nominations for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Image Award. Click here to learn more about their music.

While on East Campus, the group participated in a master class in which singers and instrumentalists showed off their talents. Students sang jazz and gospel songs, and one student played a classical piano piece. Michelle Mailhot, part-time faculty, music, participated in the master class and said, “Take 6 was so amazing and offered feedback to the students, going deeper than a regular voice lesson. They asked the students to really think about themselves as artists and to dig deeper musically. It was wonderful to watch the students’ hearts open as the students accepted the constructive comments from the brilliant music minds of Take 6.”

The film production group, which consisted of East Campus Professors of Film Production Technology Eric Fleming and Paul Mayne, Lab Technician Ray Bracero and Film Production Coordinator Moe Fowler, helped shoot a commercial that Take 6 will post on its website. Others who assisted were digital media and advanced video production classes, who captured behind-the-scenes footage. Professor of Sound and Music Technology Jose Aenlle’s class provided the studio setup as well as the mix and recording for the commercial.

Over the years, Take 6 has endured the fan joke, “I can join the group and make it Take 7.” Therefore, in the commercial Take 6 exits through an airport gate and is bombarded with similar comments. At the end of the commercial, the group walks toward an SUV parked in the back of the School of Arts and Entertainment. Take 6 gets the last laugh, as they jump into their dream car — the all new BMW X7 — and one member says, “This is the only 7 I need!”


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