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Brian McKnight
about the singer. For the singer's eponymous album, see Brian McKnight (album). Brian McKnight (born June 5, 1969) is an American R&B singer-songwriter

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This article is about the singer. For the singer's eponymous album, see Brian McKnight (album). This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. (July 2015) Brian McKnight McKnight at the 2014 Pioneer of African American Achievement Awards Gala Background information Born (1969-06-05) June 5, 1969 (age 46) Origin Buffalo, New York, U.S. Genres R&B, soul, quiet storm Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, producer, musician, actor Instruments Vocals, piano, keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, trumpet, Flugelhorn, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion Years active 1988–present Labels Mercury (1988–1997)
Motown (1998–2005)
Warner Bros. (2006–2008)
E1 Music (2009–present) Website

Brian McKnight (born June 5, 1969) is an American R&B singer-songwriter, arranger, producer, and musician. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays eight instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet. He is one of the very few leggiero tenors in the pop genre. McKnight is perhaps most recognized for his strong falsetto and belting range. McKnight's work has earned him 16 Grammy Awards nominations, though he has never won. He is second only to Snoop Dogg for the record of most Grammy nominations without a win.

  • 1 Biography
    • 1.1 1969–1989: Early life and career beginnings
    • 1.2 1990–1997: Mercury Records
    • 1.3 1997–2003: Motown Records
    • 1.4 2004–2012: Warner Brothers and television/radio career
    • 1.5 2015–present: Brian McKnight Music LLC / Kobalt
  • 2 Personal life
    • 2.1 Religion
  • 3 Discography
    • 3.1 Studio
    • 3.2 Compilation
    • 3.3 Christmas
  • 4 Awards and nominations
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Biography 1969–1989: Early life and career beginnings

McKnight was born in Buffalo, New York. His musical career began in childhood when he became a member of his church choir.

1990–1997: Mercury Records

In 1990, McKnight's older brother, Claude McKnight III, and his band, Take 6, signed a record deal with Warner Brothers. This encouraged McKnight to shop his own demo tapes and by the age of 19, he'd signed his first recording deal with Mercury Records subsidiary, Wing Records. In 1992, Brian McKnight was released, and his self-titled debut peaked at fifty-eight in the Billboard 200 chart, which primarily featured the ballad (and top twenty single) "One Last Cry". It was followed by two more albums for Mercury, 1995's I Remember You and 1997's Anytime. Anytime, McKnight's final album with Mercury, sold over two million copies and was nominated for a Grammy. The video for "Anytime", directed by Darren Grant, was nominated for Best Male Video at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards. In 1997, McKnight recorded "Remember the Magic" for Disney World's 25th anniversary.

1997–2003: Motown Records

McKnight signed with Motown in 1998 and released the Christmas album Bethlehem. In 1999, McKnight released Back at One, his most successful album to date, which eventually went on to sell over 3 million copies.

2004–2012: Warner Brothers and television/radio career

In 2004, McKnight co-wrote with Australian Soul artist Guy Sebastian the song "Wait", off Sebastian's Beautiful Life album.

In October 2007, McKnight made his Broadway debut in the show Chicago.

From 2006 to 2010 he hosted a radio show, The Brian McKnight Morning Show with Pat Prescott on KTWV The Wave in Los Angeles, CA. The show was briefly simulcast on KHJZ-FM, Smooth Jazz 95.7 The Wave in Houston, TX from 6AM-9AM CST.

On January 26, 2009, McKnight hosted "The Brian McKnight Show" from 7PM-Midnight on 98.7 KISS FM in New York City.

In 2009, he appeared in the second season of Celebrity Apprentice. Each celebrity played to raise money for the charity of his or her choice; McKnight elected to play for Youthville USA.

From September 2009 to May 2010, McKnight served as the media personality and hosted The Brian McKnight Show, a late night talk show billed as a combination of talk and variety, aired in syndication. The show was cancelled on May 29, 2010 after one season.

On March 31, 2011 McKnight sang the National Anthem for MLB Opening Day in Cincinnati, Ohio with his sons Brian, Jr. and Niko. He had previously sung the National Anthem for the 1997 NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland, Ohio, Game 6 of the 2002 World Series in Anaheim, California, near his Los Angeles home, and the 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Detroit. McKnight has also made numerous other "National Anthem" appearances throughout his career. On October 22, 2012 McKnight sang "God Bless America" in the 7th inning of Game 7 of the National League Champion Series in San Francisco, California.

On April 23, 2012 McKnight posted to YouTube "If You're Ready To Learn", which has been characterized by Billboard as a "filthy jam." Billboard selected this lyric from the work to quote: "Let me show you how your p—y works/Since you didn't bring it to me first." Other media outlets such as MTV, the Toronto Sun, and NewMediaRockstars have also written about McKnight's recent, more adult-oriented efforts. Shortly after the single's release, McKnight and known humor website "Funny or Die" revealed that the single was a collaboration between the two parties. McKnight would later explain that he wrote the parody as a commentary on the state of R&B, which he noted was in a period of degradation overall with famous radio station 98.7 Kiss FM shuttering and hit singles being inferior quality music, among other ailments.

2015–present: Brian McKnight Music LLC / Kobalt

On August 14, 2015 McKnight released the single "Uh Oh Feeling" as the first track to be taken from his upcoming studio album Better, which is set for release in January of 2016 on his own label Brian McKnight Music LLC via Kobalt Label Services.

Personal life

McKnight was married to Julie McKnight. Brian and Julie had two children: Brian, Jr and Niko. McKnight divorced his wife, Julie, in 2003. Since his divorce, McKnight has fathered two daughters (Brianna and Braylinn) by two different women. He currently lives in Chatsworth, CA with girlfriend, Leilani Malia and her two children: Julia and Jack. He also performed "Side Pieces" with Drake at the 2014 ESPY Awards as a tribute to all the back-ups in the shadows of the professional ballers.


Brian McKnight was raised a Seventh-day Adventist. He grew up attending Emmanuel Temple. He also attended Oakwood College (now University), a Seventh-Day Adventist university in Huntsville, Alabama, from 1987–1989. McKnight explains, concerning his musical beginnings in the church:

"I'm the fifth generation of Seventh Day Adventists and the youngest of four brothers. When I was still very small, we formed a gospel quartet. Our models were the great gospel groups, the Swan Silvertones and Mighty Clouds of Joy. The McKnight brothers were serious singers. The reputation went out: these boys could shout. My big brothers—Claude (a part of the gospel group Take 6), Freddie and Michael—man, they were my heroes. Each was a leader in his own right. Outside church, they listened to jazz. Church music thrilled me, but jazz stimulated me."

Discography Main article: Brian McKnight discography Studio
  • Brian McKnight (1992)
  • I Remember You (1995)
  • Anytime (1997)
  • Back at One (1999)
  • Superhero (2001)
  • U Turn (2003)
  • Gemini (2005)
  • Ten (2006)
  • Evolution of a Man (2009)
  • Just Me (2011)
  • More Than Words (2013)
  • Better (2016)
  • From There to Here: 1989-2002 (2002)
  • Gold (2007)
  • 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection – The Best of Brian McKnight (2007)
  • Ultimate Collection (2009)
  • Icon: Love Songs (2011)
  • Greatest Hits (2014)
  • Bethlehem (1998)
  • I'll Be Home for Christmas (2008)
Awards and nominations
  • American Music Award
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result 1999 Anytime Favorite Soul/R&B Album Nominated
  • BET Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result 2007 Brian McKnight BET J Cool Like Dat Nominated
  • Grammy Award
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result 1994 "Love Is" with Vanessa L. Williams Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated 1999 "Anytime" Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Nominated "The Only One For Me" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated 2000 Back at One Best R&B Album Nominated "Back at One" Best Short Form Music Video Nominated 2001 "6, 8, 12" Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Nominated "Stay or Let It Go" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated "Coming Back Home" with Bebe Winans & Joe Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated 2002 "Still" Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Nominated "My Kind of Girl" with Justin Timberlake Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals Nominated "Love of My Life" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated Best R&B Song Nominated "Win" from Men of Honor Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media Nominated 2003 "All the Way" with Kenny G Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated 2004 "Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated 2005 "What We Do Here" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
  • NAACP Image Award
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result 2000 "Back at One" Outstanding Male Artist Won 2001 "Stay or Let It Go" Outstanding Male Artist Nominated 2002 Superhero Outstanding Male Artist Nominated
  • MTV Video Music Award
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result 1998 "Anytime" Best Male Video Nominated 2000 "Back at One" Best R&B Video Nominated
  • Soul Train Music Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result 1999 "Anytime" Best R&B/Soul Album, Male Won 2000 "Back at One" Best R&B/Soul Single, Male Nominated Back at One Best R&B/Soul Album, Male Nominated 2002 "Love of My Life" Best R&B/Soul Single, Male Nominated References
  1. ^ Collier, Aldore (July 2000). "Brian McKnight on Fame, Family and Female Fans". Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
  2. ^ "Brian McKnight Back at One". 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  3. ^ Trump Rounds Up Celebs for New Season of the Apprentice New York Times, January 8, 2009
  4. ^ "Stevie Wonder Confirmed as First Guest on Premiere of The Brian McKnight Show". August 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  5. ^ Jason Lipshutz (April 24, 2012). "Brian McKnight Previews 'Adult Mixtape' with Explicit Slow Jam". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  6. ^ "Brian McKnight Interview | R&B Legend". June 19, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  7. ^ "Brian McKnight: 'Vulgar sex song a joke'". Toronto Sun. April 25, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  8. ^ "Brian McKnight Officially Re-Releasing Sexual Anthem". April 26, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  9. ^ MaxwellSchad. "Brian McKnight on why he wrote "If You're Ready to Learn"". YouTube. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Exclusive: Brian McKnight Teams With Kobalt for New Single 'Uh Oh Feeling'". Billboard. August 14, 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-19. 
  11. ^ "Brian McKnight: Official Fan club Site (Biography)". Brian McKnight's Official Fan site. Archived from the original on April 28, 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
External links
  • Brian McKnight official website
  • Brian McKnight entertainment website
  • Brian McKnight's Biography from VH1
  • Brian McKnight's Profile from VIBE
  • Brian McKnight Fans Website
  • Brian McKnight JUST ME 2011 World Tour
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Brian McKnight
  • Discography
  • Awards and nominations
Albums Studio
  • Brian McKnight
  • I Remember You
  • Anytime
  • Back at One
  • Superhero
  • U Turn
  • Gemini
  • Ten
  • Evolution of a Man
  • Just Me
  • More Than Words
  • From There to Here: 1989-2002
  • Gold
  • 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection - The Best of Brian McKnight
  • Ultimate Collection
  • Icon: Love Songs
  • Bethlehem
  • I'll Be Home for Christmas
  • "The Way Love Goes"
  • "I Can't Go for That"
  • "Love Is"
  • "One Last Cry"
  • "Let It Snow"
  • "Crazy Love"
  • "Back at One"
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The Apprentice
  • Mark Burnett (series creator)
  • Donald Trump (executive producer)
  • List of candidates
Series Regular
13 (all-stars)
Winners Regular
Bill Rancic
Kelly Perdew
Kendra Todd
Randal Pinkett
Sean Yazbeck
Stefanie Schaeffer
Brandy Kuentzel
  • Piers Morgan
  • Joan Rivers
  • Bret Michaels
  • John Rich
  • Arsenio Hall
  • Trace Adkins
  • Leeza Gibbons
Donald Trump
Carolyn Kepcher
George H. Ross
Donald Trump, Jr.
Ivanka Trump
Eric Trump
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Candidate residences
  • Trump Tower in Manhattan (location for seasons 1–5, 7–14)
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The Celebrity Apprentice Season 2
  • Joan Rivers
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  • Jesse G. James
  • Brande Roderick
  • Clint Black
  • Melissa Rivers
  • Herschel Walker
  • Natalie Gulbis

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2016 release from the world-renowned R&B platinum recording artist, musician, arranger and producer. Brian McKnight has released 15 albums to date and has sold over 25 million albums worldwide (over 9.3 million records in the USA). In addition to being a singer, songwriter and producer, McKnight is also a multi-instrumentalist who plays nine instruments including piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussions, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet. As the follow up to his 2013 studio album More Than Words, sixteen-time Grammy nominated McKnight is proud to present his 13th studio album Better, where he is sticking to his R&B roots, and features collaborations with Hawaiian vocalist Kimie Miner, rappers Glasses Malone and Sixx John.


Gold [2 CD]
Gold [2 CD]
A hit artist since he debuted on Mercury 15 years ago. With a smooth and soulful voice, and great songwriting and production, he appeals to every generation. Now, for the first time ever, a career-spanning overview that's all the hits and much more. 29 smash tracks on 2 CDs, including several hits not on his single disc hits collection and including The Top 10 Hits 'Anytime' And 'Back At One'. 2-CD Sets at an exceptional price with all songs digitally remastered, extensive liner notes and special photos.


Five mixes of his smash hit: Radio Edit, Suave House Remixfeaturing 8 Ball, Cibola Mix Show Bass, Mr. Mig RemixVersion w/Intro and Suave House Remix w/o 8 Ball. Colorfulpicture disc. Slimline jewelcase. 1998 Motown release.




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