Member of the multi-Grammy award winning vocal group Take 6.
Joey was born in Buffalo, NY to a pastor’s family in which music was integral. Growing up in and around Alabama and Tennessee, Joey’s formal education also involved playing in school bands and singing in vocal groups that he also arranged for. After a year and a half of college, Joey was asked by his brother, Mark Kibble, to consider replacing former member Mervyn Warren and joining the 10-time Grammy Award-winning vocal group Take 6, for which Mark was principle arranger. The decision seemed to fall into place, considering that Joey grew up studying his older brother’s arranging skills, and as a result, developing the necessary ear training for his own musical and vocal abilities. Joey returned to Oakwood University to finish his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 2000 while simultaneously touring with Take 6. After 26 + years of experience in the music industry, Joey has had the privilege of working with musical greats such as Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Marcus Miller, Ray Charles, Al Jarreau, Don Henley James Taylor, and Sheryl Crow, to name a few. Take 6 has had the honor of performing for four sitting U.S. Presidents. Joey counts it a blessing to practice, as a living, one of his greatest passions... music.
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Interview with Joel
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I arrange and record clean lead and background vocals that cause a song to live.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Stevie Wonder for his creativity. Quincy Jones for his work ethic. Aretha Franklin for her soulful sound.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I record with a Sony 800 G, Focusrite Red mic-pre's, in Logic Pro X.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I approach the verses and hook of a song, creating leads and BGV's that make the listener want to hear hear it over and over again.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: i'll bring the benefit of 25+ years of recording and live performance experience, supplemented by the wisdom of hundreds of conversations with inveterate music industry legends.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: A zero into and highlight the melody, which is most important in a song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Have had the privilege of performing and recording jazz, gospel, pop, blues, big band, classical, americana and R&B.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I like to articulate lyrics in a manner that is as colorful and understandable as a verbal conversation with someone.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Esperanza Spaulding amazes me with her sheer talent and creativity. I would learn much working with her.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I joined Take 6, in 1991, and have been recording and touring ever since.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Articulate what you hear for the song. If you're not sure, have an open mind to new creative arrangements on your idea.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What feel are you attempting to create? Who are you communicating to?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Most assume that having been in the industry for so long, I have all the answers. Every new experience is an opp to learn something more to grow from.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What are various artists like that I've worked with. A. People are who they are on the inside, magnified by fame...whether nice, or selfish.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to create a new experience with each new song in work on.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will leave my best on the recording.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Josiah Ruff in an outstanding producer and vocalist. He gets the job done.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I sang vocals with Take 6 on a few songs for Gordon Goodwin of the Big Phat Band. He produced the sound tracks for movies such as The Incredibles. The result was amazing.