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Music Spotlight Tuesday: Take 6- Feels Good

Never before has the world heard jazz and gospel blend so beautifully before Take 6 stepped on the music scene in 1988.

Feels Good is their thirteenth album. It features the rich harmonies, incredible jazz voicings and powerful message of faith that made them the 8-time GRAMMY award winning group they are.

Released in 2005, Feels Good consists of 12 tracks mostly composed and arranged by Take 6 members.

There are songs like "Come On," "This is Another Day," "Feels Good," and "You Can Make It-Go On" that will have you dancing. "Wait for the Sunshine," "More than Ever," and "Lamb of God" will have you in retrospect and gratitude. Songs like "Vinterlude," and "Just in Time" are 100% jazz. 

It takes less than 30 seconds for the ear to realize Take 6 is not an ordinary singing group. Their melodies, progressions, and movements are far from tertian harmonies (thirds) that are typical of most Western music.

In fact, Take 6's footprint is so great that their music is studied in many college jazz and music courses today.

"This is Another Day" was written by the late great Andrae Crouch. If there are any questions of who Mr. Crouch was, read the previous Music Spotlight Tuesday. The formula here is simple: 

Incredible Group + Incredible Composer = Incredible Song 

Take 6's rendition does Mr. Crouch's composition total and complete justice.

"Stop depending on your feelings and start trusting in His Word. 
'Cuz I'm persuaded He will keep me (He'll never leave me) till I see His face someday."

"It Feels Good," the title track, puts you in mind of a summer day watching the sunset sipping lemonade, or better yet, feeling that rare summer breeze in the heat of the season. "It Feels Good" closely resembles the Bible verses of 1 Peter 5:7 and Psalms 37:23. Casting your cares on the Lord and living life knowing He's in control. Indeed, it does feel good. 

Need I write more? Feels Good, the album, is a quality product offered by one the greatest singing groups of all-time!

Buy it, download it, and play it. Not only does it feel good, but it sounds great!!!

"Go On! It's your destiny
Go on! Get your victory
God is able! You just say yes!"

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