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Mervyn Warren
Background information
Birth name Mervin Warren
Born February 29, 1964 (1964-02-29) (age 45)
Origin Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.
Genres Gospel,
Contemporary Christian
Inspirational/Worship

Mervyn Warren (born February 29, 1964 in Huntsville, Alabama) is an American film composer, record producer, lyricist, songwriter, music arranger, pianist and vocalist.

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Musical career

A five-time Grammy Award winner, he began his career as a gospel and jazz pianist, arranger, and singer, in his hometown Huntsville, Alabama. He formed his first vocal group, The Symbolic Sounds, at the age of 10. The Symbolic Sounds performed both Mervyn's original material, as well as his arrangements of well-known gospel songs.

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Take 6

In 1980 Mervyn became a member of the a cappella sextet Take 6 which achieved worldwide fame in 1988. He produced or co-produced their first two albums and with them won his first four Grammy Awards. In 1991 he left Take 6 to became a full-time record producer and film composer.

Other projects

He received his fifth Grammy Award in 1992 for producing the album, Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration, featuring a literal "who's who" of recording artists. Already in 1989, when he was still with Take 6, he became a composer and lyricist of songs for film. His first song written specifically for a film was Don't shoot me, co-written for the Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing. He also played the piano during the "School Play" scene in A Walk To Remember.

Trivia

Mervyn is the son and namesake of Dr Mervyn Alanzo Warren, provost at Oakwood University, Huntsville Alabama. Dr Warren is an expert on Dr Martin Luther King's preaching.

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