Mervyn A. Warren presents my being there to meet such an inter- stepped over and asked, 'Are you Mr. Warren?' When I answered 'Yes,'. D | V | S I O N U P. D.A.T. E. ADVANCEMENT & DEVELoPMENT Kisha Norris, M. Ed, CFRE, row) Dr. Leslie Pollard, Dr. Mervyn Warren, - frontsow) Dr. Benjamin Reaves, Dr. an opportunity to "Meet the Presidents": Dr. Leslie Pollard ( present), along with Please save the date, we look forward to seeing you there. The group will be touring worldwide beginning in October, and will be appearing . There I met Mervyn Warren and began working with him and others on many.
During that session, studio-owner Doug Jansen Smith took note of Warren's abilities. Soon thereafter, Warren became a regular session-performer at Sound Cell, contributing arrangements, playing keyboards, and singing on various radio and TV jingles, as well as pop, rock, country, and contemporary Christian recordings. Many of those sessions included Warren's friend Mark Kibble, also an accomplished arranger, pianist, and vocalist and future member of Take 6.
As early as the age of 13, Warren and Kibble, who were born five weeks apart, had performed concerts together, singing solos and duets, while taking turns providing accompaniment at the piano. One of the duets began with Warren singing and Kibble at the piano; then, halfway through the song, Warren would leave the stage and take over at the piano, seamlessly, at which point Kibble would take the stage to sing.
Inwhile both juniors in high school, Warren and Kibble joined a preexisting, male, a cappella vocal quartet at Oakwood University, and the resulting sextet became known as Alliance. Alliance became known for its highly unique and complex vocal arrangements, primarily of well-known negro spiritualsbut of some newer songs, as well. Most of Alliance's dazzling arrangements were created by Mark Kibble, but later, Warren contributed a few, as well. Alliance was very popular and performed not only on the campus of Oakwood University, but in various cities across the United States.
Mosley also served as the group's manager. Records in Nashville, Tennessee. Norman loved the recording but neither he nor Murphey knew the identity of the performers. InNorman finally discovered the group's identity and promptly signed Alliance to a recording contract with Reprise Recordsa division of Warner Bros.
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Upon discovering that a rock music band had already recorded under the name "Alliance", the vocal group Alliance was renamed Take 6released the album Take 6and went on to earn worldwide acclaim. InWarren enrolled at Oakwood University and joined the highly regarded touring choir The Aeolians, under the direction of Professor Alma Blackmon. Warren remained a member of The Aeolians throughout his four-year matriculation, later becoming the ensemble's stage director, assistant conductor, and alternate accompanist.
Blackmon allowed Warren to teach the piece to The Aeolians, and it became part of their standard repertoire. Whenever they performed it, Blackmon introduced Warren, who would then conduct the piece. Blackmon was a pivotal figure in Warren's musical development. With her he studied music theory, piano performance, and techniques of choral conducting. By coincidence, as a teenager Warren lived in his parents' home, directly across the street from the home of Blackmon and her daughter Brenda, now Brenda Wood.
However, because of The Aeolians' rigorous rehearsal and touring schedule, conductor Alma Blackmon had instituted a rule that no members of the ensemble could participate in extracurricular groups larger than a quartet. This was intended to limit the number of students who might collectively miss any given Aeolian performance. As such, Warren's nine-voice vocal group, The Symbolic Sounds, was disallowed. In response, in Warren disbanded The Symbolic Sounds and formed the vocal group A Special Blend, consisting of two women and two men, accompanied by Warren on piano or sometimes by a full rhythm section.
He created innovative vocal arrangements for A Special Blend, whose repertoire consisted of new arrangements of familiar songs, as well as original compositions by Warren. Like Alliance, A Special Blend became well-known and popular for its unique style, combining vocal jazz with contemporary Christian lyrics. A Special Blend performed many concerts throughout the United States, primarily on weekends, during the school year. The groups' respective takes on vocal jazz complimented each other, and in fact they frequently concertized in tandem.
At different points during A Special Blend's six-year continuance, vocalists Andraetta Huff, Sheryl Bihm, and Michelle Mayne each briefly served as members or alternate members. Alliance, on the other hand, was in clear violation, but Warren, along with Mark Kibble and Claude V. Although Kibble and McKnight also sang with The Aeolians, they each did so for only one year or less.
Warren remained a member of The Aeolians throughout his four-year matriculation. InA Special Blend recorded a collection of several songs at Sound Cell Studio, to serve as a demo to help the group acquire a recording contract. To attend sessions, Warren and the group and band members made the mile trip many times—often departing for Nashville after the day's classes, recording for a few hours, then returning to Huntsville after midnight, in time for the next morning's classes.
Despite Oakwood University's rich tradition of vocal groups, which had spanned decades, Nowhere But Up was the first student album to feature a full rhythm section plus orchestrationincluding a string ensemble, a big band, a pop horn section, synthesizersand exotic percussionall of which Warren arrangedthough at the time he had received no formal training in orchestral writing.
Upon its release, Nowhere But Up caused quite a stir within Oakwood University's rather conservative community. While a small number of the most conservative faculty members expressed discontent with the album's decidedly jazzy style, the project was highly celebrated by students, other faculty, and enthusiasts, both within the Oakwood community and around the United States. Only a few thousand copies of Nowhere But Up were pressed, and it is today considered a collector's item.
As ofthere are discussions of a possible re-release of the album on the iTunes Store inthe 30th anniversary of the group's formation. A Special Blend often joined Warren at Sound Cell Studio to sing on jingles or commercials or to provide background vocals for other artists' recordings. These recordings ran the gamut from country and pop to "easy listening" and contemporary Christian music.
The group also performed background vocals on stage for recording artist Bob Bailey, during his live concert at Oakwood. Aside from Hawkins and his brother, the equally celebrated Edwin Hawkinsthe concert was attended by gospel-music legend Danniebelle Hallwho had been very influential upon Warren. After the group's performance, Walter Hawkins took the stage and playfully expressed that he had not noticed A Special Blend performing any Walter Hawkins songs.
From the audience, Hall replied—tongue firmly in cheek—"Well, if you'd write something decent, they would. Afterward, he waited at the backstage door, and upon the group's exit presented them with copies of Nowhere But Up.
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Some months later, while completing his master's degree at the University of Alabama, Warren received a surprise phone call from Janis Siegel of the Manhattan Transfer, asking if he had heard from the Recording Academy.
Because the album was a small, independent release, it had not reached enough members of the Recording Academy to earn a Grammy nomination. However, Warren and A Special Blend would remain forever grateful for the Transfer's magnanimous gesture.
Years later, Warren would write several arrangements for the Manhattan Transfer. Take 6 InWarren became a member of the a cappella sextet Alliance, which in signed with Warner Bros.
Records, moved to Nashville, Tennessee, changed its name to Take 6and achieved worldwide fame in Warren produced or co-produced most of their first two albums, Take 6 and So Much 2 Say ; arranged and co-wrote many of the included songs; and with the group won his first of four Grammy Awards. Warren's years with Take 6 were characterized by a flurry of appearances, performances, recordings, and travel. Take 6 performed many concerts and embarked upon several concert tours, typically to sold-out audiences, both in the United States and abroad.
InTake 6 toured approximately 12 U. InTake 6 toured 40 U. The popularity of Take 6 led to collaborations with many, established artists. In fact, it was through Take 6 that Warren first met Quincy Jonesestablishing a musical friendship that would last for decades. Take 6 performed on several songs and interludes on Jones' album Back on the Block. In addition to performing with the group and contributing to their vocal arrangements, Warren is the featured voice on "Setembro Brazilian Wedding Song ", and he penned the lyrics for "The Verb To Be Introduction to Wee B.
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Since then, Warren has characterized it as "one of the very few decisions in my life that I truly regret. The collaboration had been requested, as a personal favor, by Jim Ed Norman, then-president of Warner Bros. Norman and Henley were longtime friends, Norman having previously produced many recordings by Henley's band The Eagles. Other notable Take 6 collaborations during that period include recordings with k. He decided in the fourth grade that he would learn to play the trombone, but found it very combersome for a fourth grader!
But playing the trombone enabled him to start getting his ear trained for what he would do later. He played trombone throughout high school, and after his sophomore year his family moved to Orlando, Florida, where he continued to play and sing in the chorus. At that time one of his goals was to play in the Tonight Show band with Doc Severinson!
He also played basketball in school, and upon graduation had to make the choice of going to school to play ball or to pursue music. Interestingly enough, he chose to go to Oakwood College in Huntsville, AL where his parents also wentwhich was not a school known for either its instrumental program or its athletics.
One of the first things he did during his freshman year was to put together a freshman quartet, singing mostly barbershop style harmonies.
The legendary story goes that Mark Kibble came into a bathroom where they were rehearsing and added a fifth part to what they were doing, and subsequently joined the group. From there, Mervyn Warren joined the group, making it a sextet. They knew they had something special from the very beginning. Over the years, people came and went from the group, but from the group has had primarily the same lineup, apart from Joey Kibble replacing Mervyn Warren in In addition to starting Take 6, he has also been involved in producing, writing, and doing voice-over work, having recently signed with ICM.
David moved to Huntsville, Alabama with his family when his dad decided to accept a job with Oakwood College. He attended Oakwood Academy for grades While attending the University of Alabama, where he was studying to become a chemical engineer, he was asked to join Alliance which soon became Take 6.
He has produced records for many artists from Hayden to the Backstreet Boys. But his most valued accomplishment is his family. David and Marla also raise champion Great Danes, and together they share a profound love for God. There I would meet Claude McKnight and his many brothers, and begin taking care of my baby brother, Joey, along with my older sister Michelle. It can be said that most of my early musical influence happened in Buffalo, where my father pastored a very musical church.
But byit was on to Nashville, TN. Soon after I went away to high school at Oakwood Academy. There I met Mervyn Warren and began working with him and others on many musical projects. This would lead right up to the famous bathroom rehearsal at Oakwood College during the fall ofwhere I would once again meet up with Claude.
And the rest is history! I have always been very athletic, playing football, softball, and basketball in Buffalo and adding Ping-Pong and track by the time I reached Oakwood Academy. I still to this day love to play sports and will at any opportunity. I have also from a very young age been into bodybuilding, and now it is my mainstay if I can do nothing else. I have always been one to work with my hands fixing, building, and tinkering with mechanics.
It won first place. This lead to working with family and friends who were contractors. Thus, I learned the skills of hard labor in construction. While in college, I concentrated on the electrical trade with my great-uncle Alfred who was the electrician for the school.
I still love to take on projects that require this skill. The electrical trade coupled with my musical skill lead me to build a recording studio that I now own with my brother Joey. So now running a studio and engineering are 2 more hats that I wear. Back in the world of music, I have produced and performed on many other projects.