In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
SIX are six real brothers. They actually come from a family of ten brothers, no sisters and are the six oldest in the family. Apparently their mom and dad (Arnold and Joyce Knudsen) wanted a girl.
Barry Knudsen is the eldest and was born in Davenport, Iowa. Kevin Knudsen is second and was born in Farmington, New Mexico. Lynn Knudsen is third and was born in Mesa, Arizona. Jak Knudsen is fourth and was born in El Paso, Texas. Owen Knudsen is fifth and was born in Seattle, Washington and Curtis Knudsen, number six, was born in Seattle as well. Their father worked where he could to support his family which explains their nomadic beginnings.
The four younger brothers are a huge support to their six older performing brothers and play an important part behind the scenes.
When SIX were still very young, their father noticed that that they could make up songs and also make up harmonies without instruction. Being musically gifted himself, he decided to sit them down at an old piano (the only instrument they could afford) and begin teaching them gospel hymns. They picked the hymns up quickly and were soon singing them in 4-5 part harmony. After their first performance singing gospel in church, they began learning other types of music and performing at various rotary clubs, talent contests, community concerts and fairs.
Debut on the Donnie and Marie Show After 3 years of hard work, they made their national television debut on the Donnie and Marie show in May of 1978. The brothers were hooked.
During their teenage years they experimented with everything from Barbershop to Disco to Punk Rock. At one time they were simultaneously competing in Barbershop singing contests and playing punk rock concerts.
In 1987 they left home in Phoenix, Arizona driving an old beat up pickup and carrying a few hundred bucks and moved to Southern California to try and make it on their own. They began performing a cappella (just voices) on the streets in downtown LA for loose change and to pass out their business cards. After a few months, they scraped together enough money to get an apartment and begin a steady diet of Top Ramen and Cheerios. Their street singing efforts quickly began to pay off. They soon found themselves performing in the Hollywood A-list party circles for heavy weights like Arnold Swarzennegger, Clint Eastwood, Joel Silver and Warren Beatty.
The brothers soon began to get regular gigs at the local clubs in So Cal and in 1988 scored steady work at Disneyland's "Blast to the Past". It was there that they developed enough material to begin getting even better paying engagements.
In 1990, they won Harmony Sweepstakes and have since won numerous CASA awards for their recordings and vocal arrangements.
In 1995 the brothers were blessed to turn their music career into a fulltime gig once and for all and have never looked back. They have shared the stage with Trisha Yearwood, Diana Ross, the Beach Boys, Olivia Newton John, Rod Stewart, the Doobie Brothers and many others. Their award winning act has been featured on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines since 1998 and their ratings by its passengers are unrivaled. They have also performed for numerous corporations such as American Express, Pizza Hut, the Million Dollar Roundtable, Northeastern Financial, Pitney Bowes, Ryder Trucks just to name a few. They feel privileged to have performed all over the world to countless fans and are deeply grateful for their support.
They currently reside and perform in Branson Missouri.
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Review: SIX are six real brothers. They actually come from a family of ten brothers, no sisters and are the six oldest in the family. They have been singing together from when they first appeared on the Donnie and Marie Show in 1978 and have been a professional a cappella group for over 30 years. They are now living in Branson, MO where they perform 6 days a week. This DVD captures the powerhouse vocals and high-octane energy of their Branson show and is a must-have for their many, many fans.
Review: The Knudsens ascended through the a cappella ranks as a barbershop group, but are now firmly ensconced as pre-eminent contemporary artists. Their long-awaited "Yuletide" combines the seamless blend of barbershop with percussion-rich production of contemporary a cappella. The familiar "White Christmas" and "Christmas Song" are nicely arranged, with plush chords and smooth modulations. The walking bass of "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" sets up a swing feel, while the CD's closer, a "Christmas Hop" mix of the same song, is hip and shows the Knudsens cutting loose, incorporating techno effects into the tune. The tonal interplay of the pitches resonating off of each other in "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" is inspiring and one of the most beautiful arrangements of this carol that we've heard. Uncle Daniel Knudsen (of the Mormon Tabenacle Choir) takes a solo turn on the classical art song "Gesu Bambino." This CD will appeal to a variety of listeners and is a recommended gift selection.
Review: Unable to afford musical instruments in 1975, the five oldest Knudsen boys, began singing a cappella barbershop-style as a quintet under the direction of their gifted father. Cutting their chops as a quartet in SPEBSQSA competitions as teenagers, the brothers joined again professionally as a quintet as adults. "Believe" is their 7th CD and besides winning the Harmony Sweeps, they have thrilled audiences all over the world and appeared with some of the biggest names in show business. "Believe" is 11 songs, pure classic gospel ("Amazing Grace," "How Great Thou Art," "Be Still My Soul," "The Lord's Prayer," etc), with one exception, the original "Love Times Ten," which is a stone hit and should be on the radio. Light guitar accompaniment on "Love Times Ten," "Nearer My God to Thee," and "Sweet Hour of Prayer." Frankly, we love the Knudsens, they sing with feeling and power, and their live shows and CDs are top-drawer. Excellent, inspirational and recommended
Review: The Brothers Knudsen are no strangers to a cappella, first as a barbershop quartet performing in SPEBSQSA competitions under the direction of their gifted father, then coming together again professionally as a quintet as adults. They won the Harmony Sweeps and become a popular touring band, amazing audiences worldwide. "Live Wired" is their 8th excellent recording, a live CD of 15 pop and rock classics, sung before very appreciative audiences. The guys have picked up instruments on this one, 2 guitars and a tamborine, but the vocals, including strong vocal percussion, are as strong and spirited as ever! The Doobie's "Listen To The Music," the Beatles' "Twist and Shout," Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman," (a vocal percussion tour-de-force), a shimmering a cappella "I Believe I Can Fly," "With Or Without You," "What I Like About You" got us boogying, Brian Wilson's (a cappella) "In My Room," and a five-song "Elvis Medley" reminds us how good it truly must have been to be King, awful B-movies or no. A lovely a cappella "It's A Blue World owes a debt to Dad Knudson for being a Four Freshman fan , we loved "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," God help us, and a great album closes with "Rockin' Robin" and a "Shout." The Knudsens are flat-out great entertainers who have big fun on stage, they sing with feeling and spirit, and we would surely love to see them in concert again. This CD is a stone winner!