Brian McKnight is one of the most prolific R&B artists in the music industry. He can play eight different music instruments. These include the piano, guitar, trumpet, tuba, flugelhorn, trombone, percussion and bass guitar. In his over two-decade long career, McKnight has ventured into various areas of music making. From producing a record to writing lyrics and collaborating with renowned artists in the industry, the singer has done it all and achieved success in every creative endeavor.
Although Brian McKnight has earned a whopping sixteen Grammy nominations in his career, he is yet to win the prestigious award. Nevertheless, his popularity knows no bounds and his live shows are awaited by fans both in and outside the US. Brian McKnight tickets for the living legend’s upcoming shows are currently available here at reasonable prices. Grab yours now if you want to be a part of his live concert in your city.
Brain McKnight was born on June 5, 1969, in Buffalo, New York. His family was musically inclined and hence his interest in the art form was inevitable. McKnight’s elder brother had a music band of his own. As a child McKnight used to perform as part of local church choirs.
Since McKnight belonged to a music loving family, he was exposed to a variety of genres while growing up. During his teens, he found himself interested in writing music and also learnt to play a number of instruments.
In the year 1990, McKnight’s brother and his band cracked a deal with Warner Bros. This inspired McKnight to record his own demo tape. When McKnight was nineteen years old, his demo tapes earned him his first recording contract with none other than Mercury Records.
In 1992, the R&B music artist released his debut self-titled album. It spawned the super hit single One Last Cry, which reached the thirteenth spot on the US Billboard Hot 100. The album hit the eighth spot on the Billboard 200 and received Platinum certification by the RIAA. The overwhelming response to McKnight’s debut record earned him recognition as one of the most promising new artists in the industry. However, it took the musician three years to release his second music record, I Remember You. Released via Mercury Records, the album includes singles such as Still in Love, On the Down Low and Crazy Love. The latter also featured in the movie Jason’s Lyric.
The year 1997 saw the release of McKnight’s final album with Mercury before moving to Motown Records. Titled Anytime, the record reached the Top 20 on the Billboard 200 and occupied the number one position on the Top R&B Albums chart for a consistent three weeks. It is the singer’s highest charting record on the R&B chart. It sold more than two million copies and also earned McKnight a Grammy nomination. The video of the title track also received a nomination in the Best Male Video category at the MTV Video Music Awards 1998. Anytime went on to receive double Platinum certification from the RIAA.
In 1998, Brian McKnight signed a contract with the Motown Records and released a Christmas album titled Bethlehem. The following year, the singer treated his fans with the album Back at One. Its lead single (title track) reached the second spot on the Billboard Hot 100. The record itself was a major success. It sold around three million copies and remains the most successful album of the musician’s career so far.
McKnight followed up the success of Back at One with the 2001 album release Superhero. Its sound is a blend of McKnight’s usual R&B with a touch of rap and rock ‘n’ roll. The record gave the listeners a glimpse into the musician’s life in the past year. It features appearances by a number of guest artists. These include Nate Dogg, Justin Timberlake and Fred Hammond. Superhero reached the seventh spot on the Billboard 200 and sold over 150,000 copies in its opening week. It was certified Gold in October of the same year and garnered a total of five nominations at the Grammys.
McKnight’s six-year long association with Motown Records ended with his sixth studio album U Turn in 2003. Featuring a ballad-styled collection, the record is inspired from McKnight’s break up with his wife. His feelings of heartbreak are particularly evident in songs such as So Sorry and Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda.
Two years later, the R&B music artist released his seventh music album Gemini. The record was preceded by two singles; What We Do Here and Every time You Go Away. Both songs hit the Top 40 on the Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart. Gemini received mixed reviews from the music critics but debuted at the fourth spot on the Billboard 200 and sold more than 200,000 copies within its first two weeks of release.
His most recent album Genesis came out in 2017 and reached the Top 25 on the Billboard R&B charts. In this album the singer aims to bridge the gap between the music of the 90s and modern day music. He stated, “I’ve been trying to figure out a comfortable place to fit in between today’s music and the music that I’ve always created. I think that on this particular CD, I finally figured out that formula.”
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Besides making his own music, Brian McKnight has contributed lyrics for other music artists as well. He also hosted The Brian McKnight Morning Show along with Pat Prescott on the FM radio station, KTWV The Wave from 2006 until 2010. In the year 2007, McKnight made his Broadway debut in the show Chicago.
The multi-platinum selling singer is currently on tour and will be performing in your city as part of his trek. If you want to be a part of his exciting live performance, grab your Brian McKnight tour tickets before they are all sold out.