“We love Ray. We love his music. We love what he stood for as far as being a humanitarian and using his influence musically to make a mark on the world. We really appreciate him and everybody that has anything to do with keeping that legacy alive,” said Khristian Dentley, a member of Take 6, a 10-time Grammy winning vocal acapella jazz group.
Charles, who sang gospel, blues, jazz and country around the world, rose above racism and cultural turmoil. A winner of every major award from the Georgia Music Hall of Fame to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, from the Kennedy Honors to a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, he will be celebrated by Take 6 and the award winning cast of performers.
Charles likewise holds Take 6 in high esteem, joining them in song on their album “Join the Band” where Charles sang “My Friend” with the group.
“We have great praise toward Ray and his music. People from every generation have been magnified by his music,” said Dentley, who lived in Marietta in 2008 when his parents moved to Georgia. He was born in Columbia, S.C., and currently resides in Orlando, Fla., with his wife, Jody, and son, Christian Michael. He is the youngest member of Take 6.
Take 6, whose name is a play off the song Take 5, chose its name when the group signed its first record label. Most of the members met at Oakwood College (now University) in Huntsville, Ala., where the group took root.
“Oakwood is well known for their acapella music. There’s a rich, rich history of extraordinary music that comes from Oakwood University. They were just doing what the custom was,” he said.
The group’s music and principles bind them together.
“We all grew up in Christian homes. Our values were pretty much the same. The common thread for all of our lives is balanced between our faith that brings us together and music. We all have an absolute love for music. That’s the thread that keeps us together,” Dentley said.
With Take 6 at the helm, the evening is one not to miss. “It’s going to be fun. We’re going to have a ball. The music is going to be fantastic. It’s going to be a night of smiles and laughs and excellent music honoring the great Ray Charles,” Dentley said.
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