Jan 22, 2019
1:51 Would you sing in 4 part harmony as kid in your family?
2:50 How big is your family?
3:06 Was your mom a trained musician?
3:27 Talking about the amazing church in Buffalo
5:26 Do you have Absolute Pitch or Perfect Pitch?
5:31 Did your parents ever ask you to practice?
6:32 Talking about “Oh Happy Day" by Edwin Hawkins
7:20 What did you mean by conservative?
7:40 Talking about Alan Johnston and his wife Shirley’s influence
9:03 Being very self taught, did you take things from records and peers?
10:30 On listening to Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder when young
11:13 How would you work out songs by ear that you heard?
12:13 On the influence of Gene Puerling and the Hi-Los
12:54 Did you own a record player or listen on the radio?
13:26 Was that around the same that you met Mervyn Warren at Oakwood?
13:37 What was a typical day like at Oakwood with Mervyn Warren?
15:10 When was the very first time that you started arranging?
15:45 Was it true that you actually majored in business and computer programming?
17:29 What did you mean by your own rules of Harmony with Mervyn Warren?
19:11 Working with Ray Charles
21:05 What did Ray Charles mean by not wanting to choose a particular song, was it the music or the lyrics?
22:00 What did he think about the music you were creating, harmonically?
22:39 Working with Quincy Jones
24:19 How do you think of lyrics?
25:43 Do you work better in the morning or the evening?
26:39 How much listening have you done in your life?
29:19 Describe the influence of jazz in your music
30:56 Working with Ella Fitzgerald
31:25 Talking about Al Jarreau
33:27 Arranging “Seven Steps to Heaven” on The Standard, with Al Jarreau
35:15 Who are your favorite jazz instrumentalists
36:19 Do you play any other instruments?
36:48 What’s it like working with Stevie Wonder?
38:54 What are you still learning in music?
40:33 How are you going about learning music theory?
41:27 Do you listen to classical music? or film music?
43:06 Talking about the album “Iconic”
44:59 Talking about the track “Back in Love Again”
46:13 Talking about the track “Can’t Stop the FeelinG”
47:27 How is the Mark Kibble today different from the Mark Kibble of 10-20 years ago?
47:55 Have an example of a song or album that shows you going crazy with the harmony in your younger days?
49:42 Is there anyone that you would have liked to work with in the studio in history?
50:43 Upcoming projects
51:58 Wrapping Up
Our guest today is multi-GRAMMY Award-winning singer, arranger, composer and producer, Mark Kibble, of the famed American vocal group Take 6!
With a career spanning over 25 years, 16 albums, 10 GRAMMY awards, 10 Gospel Music Association Dove awards, and 3 gold albums, Take 6 is the most awarded a cappella group in history, performing with some of the biggest names in music such as Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Don Henley, James Taylor and many more.
Their most recent release is 2018’s “Iconic”.
We talk about his musical development from young, his approach to arrangement, harmony, working with Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau and so much more!