Initially a quartet known as the Sounds Of Distinction then the Alliance, this a cappella gospel group of breathtaking ability first formed at Oakwood College, Huntsville, Alabama, USA, in 1980. The group evolved into a six-piece comprising Alvin Chea (2 November 1967), Cedric Dent (b. 24 September 1962), David Thomas (b. 28 October 1966), Mervyn Warren, Mark Kibble (b. 7 April 1964) and Claude V. McKnight (b. 2 October 1962). The combination of their Seventh-day Adventist beliefs and their appreciation of jazz and R&B styles enabled them to make inroads into both record-buying markets, winning Grammies for Best Soul Gospel and Best Jazz Vocal categories. Their 1990 appearance with k.d. lang in the movie Dick Tracy singing Ridin The Rails also gave them further valuable exposure. Additionally, they recorded with artists including Dianne Reeves, Quincy Jones and Joe Sample. Joey Kibble (b. 26 May 1971) replaced Warren in 1991. Join The Band...
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