More than SIX

SIX have color coordinated Mustangs sitting in front of Mickey Gilley theatre. Photo PBH

Dubbed an “orchestra of human voices”, SIX is produced live with the power of only their voices. Watch closely as SIX captivate audiences with power and energy, you’ll swear you’re hearing a full band. SIX hits the stage with a nonstop, high energy show that ends too soon.

They are the six oldest of ten brothers. The other four Knudsen brothers are behind the scenes supporting the six on stage.

The oldest, Barry, was born in Davenport, Iowa. Kevin is second and was born in Farmington, New Mexico. Lynn, the third and was born in Mesa, Arizona. The fourth son, Jak, born in El Paso, Texas. The fifth, Owen and sixth, Curtis were both born in Seattle, Washington.

The Knudsen’s nomadic life began as their father worked where he could to support his family. The four younger brothers are a huge support to their six older performing brothers and play an important part behind the scenes.

Brother Barry has come a long way from those first Gospel performances. Photo Jeffrey Hobson.

Singing gospel hymns in church were their first performances. Then, they began learning other types of music and performing at various rotary clubs, talent contests, community concerts and fairs. Three years of hard work, they made their national television debut on the Donnie and Marie show in May of 1978.

The boys experimented with everything from Barbershop to Disco to Punk Rock. In 1987, moved to Southern California to try and make it on their own with only a few hundred bucks in hand. They starteted 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. Finally, their street singing efforts began to pay off. They began performing in the Hollywood A-list party circles for the likes Arnold Swarzennegger, Clint Eastwood, Joel Silver and Warren Beatty.

The brothers started to get regular work at local clubs in Southern Califrnia. In 1988, they got steady work at Disneyland’s “Blast to the Past”. This is where 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 turned their music into a fulltime gig once and for all. Since then, they have shared the stage with Trisha Yearwood, Diana Ross, the Beach Boys, Olivia Newton John, Rod Stewart, and the Doobie Brothers.

Since 1998, SIX performs on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. They have performed for various corporations such as American Express, Pizza Hut, the Million Dollar Roundtable, Northeastern Financial, Pitney Bowes, Ryder Trucks just to name a few.

After the show, SIX is available for autographs, photos and to answer questions. photo by Jeffrey Hobson.

SIX is performing at the Mickey Gilley Theatre for 2012. Shows are at 2:00 pm or 8:00 pm; March 1 through December 31, 2012.

After the show, head out to the lobby for a photo or autograph with SIX.

The SIX Brothers have recorded several albums, including a spiritual album, gospel album and holiday album which are available for purchase onsite or on their website and the gift shop at the Micky Gilley Theatre.

Stop by Gilley's Mexican Grill, next to the theatre. Staff will make sure you get to the show on time. photo PBH

Even if you’ve seen this show before, it is worth another visit. The second time around you will be even more amazed at the Knudsens performance.

SIX ,Toll-Free: (877) SIX-BROS (7469), Phone: (877) 749-2767,

SIX performs at the Mickey Gilley Theatre, 3455 W Hwy 76, Branson MO 65616 Phone: 800-334-1936

Stop by the Welcome Center  at 269 State Highway 248 for free, personal assistance. The Welcome Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is open extended hours during peak seasons. Call 417-334-4136 for the schedule. Call the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau toll-free at 800-296-0463.

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