Name:
Brian McKnight
Birth Date:
June 5, 1969
Birth Place:
Buffalo, New York, USA
Height:
6' 4
Nationality:
American
Profession:
singer, songwriter, producer
Education:
Sweet Home High School, Amherst, New York
BIOGRAPHY
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Back at One

Background:

Grammy nominated R&B singer Brian McKnight started out as a church choir member as a child and later was a band leader in high school. He signed his first recording deal with Mercury Records at the age of 19 and released three albums with them: "Brian McKnight" (1992), "I Remember You" (1995) and "Anytime" (1997). He then moved to Motown and recorded the albums "Bethlehem" (Christmas album; 1998), "Back at One" (1999), "Superhero" (2001), "From There to Here: 1989-2002" (2002), "U Turn" (2003) and "Gemini" (2005). He is currently signed with Warner Bros. Records and has released one album, "Ten" (2006), and is now working on an upcoming album titled "Life Has Changed."

Among McKnight's hit singles are "One Last Cry" (1993), "Love Is" (duet with Vanessa Williams; 1993), "Still in Love" (1995), "Anytime" (1998), "Back at One" (1999), "Everytime You Go Away" (2005), "Find Myself In You" (2006) and "Used To Be My Girl" (2006).

McKnight, who has contributed songs for such films as "The Next Karate Kid" (1994), "Color of Night" (1994), "Panther" (1995), "When We Were Kings" (1996), "The Prince of Egypt" (1998), "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" (2000), "Men of Honor" (2000) and "Daddy's Little Girls" (2007), also tried his hand at acting and has appeared in the films "The Beat" (2003) and "Leverage" (2005), as well as in the TV series "Sister, Sister," "Platinum" and "American Dreams." He also hosts his own radio show, “The Brian McKnight Morning Show” with Pat Prescott on KTWV The Wave in Los Angeles, California. He appeared in TV commercials for Sears and RADD (both in 2001) as well as in Mariah Carey's music video, "It's Like That" (2005).

On a more personal note, this 6' 4" singer was married to Julie McKnight from 1990 to 2003 and has two children.


New Yorker

Childhood and Family:

In Buffalo, New York, Brian McKnight was born on June 5, 1969. Alongside his brother Claude McKnight, he was a member of the Gospel singing group “Take 6.” Brian grew up as a member Seventh Day Adventist and his mother attends Patmos Chapel SDA Church in Winter Park, Florida. He attended Maynard Evans High School in Orlando.

Brian was married to Julie McKnight from 1990 to 2003. They have two children, Brian Jr., and Niko. Brian now resides in Los Angeles, California.


Anytime

Career:

A member of a Seventh-day Adventist Church choir as a child, Brian McKnight became a band leader in high school at Sweet Home High School in Amherst, New York. He subsequently began recording demo tapes and signed his first recording deal with the Mercury Records subsidiary Wing Records at the age of 19.

In November 1992, Brian McKnight's self-titled debut album was released. The platinum-certified album featured his solo breakout hit "One Last Cry," which rose to #13 on the U.S. pop charts. Other singles off the album are "The Way Love Goes" (R&B #11), "Goodbye My Love" (R&B #46) and "After the Love" (R&B #39). He also recorded a duet single with Vanessa Williams in 1993, "Love Is," which originally appeared on the soundtrack for the TV drama series "Beverly Hills, 90210." It topped at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming McKnight's breakthrough hit and another hit for Williams. The song also spent three weeks as #1 on the adult contemporary chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

On August 8, 1995, McKnight released his sophomore album, "I Remember You," which spawned the singles "Crazy Love" (Morrison, US #45, R&B #10), "On the Down Low" (US #73, R&B #12) and "Still in Love" (R&B #24).

"Anytime," McKnight's last record with Mercury Records before moving to Motown, was released on September 23, 1997. It yielded his biggest hit in four years, "You Should Be Mine (Don't Waste Your Time)" (featuring rapper Mase), which rose to #17 on the Billboard Hot 100. Other singles off the album are "Anytime" (was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best R&B Video), "Hold Me" (US #35) and "The Only One for Me," which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance. The album won Best R&B/Soul Male Album at the Soul Train Awards and was nominated for Favorite R&B/Soul Album at the American Music Awards while the title track single was nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the Grammys and Best R&B Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.

On October 20, 1998, McKnight released the Christmas album "Bethlehem" through Motown Records. The following year saw McKnight at the height of his career when he released the album "Back at One" on September 21, 1999, via Motown. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album and a Soul Train Award for Best R&B/Soul Male Album. McKnight won an Image Award for Outstanding Male Artist. It sold over 3,000,000 copies within a period of three weeks while single "Back at One" went platinum and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Short-Form Music Video, an MTV Video Music Award for Best R&B Video, and a Soul Train Award for Best R&B/Soul Single Male. The single is also hailed by many as classic McKnight and rose to number 1 on the Billboard Charts. The album also produced the singles "6, 8, 12" (R&B #48; was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance), and "Stay or Let It Go" (US #76, R&B #26; was nominated a Grammy Award for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance and an Image Award for Outstanding Male Artist).

"Superhero," McKnight's next album, hit the music stores on September 3, 2001. The album that earned McKnight an Image Award nomination for Outstanding Male Artist spawned the singles "Love of My Life" (US #51, R&B #11; was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Male Vocal Performance), "Still" (was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance), and "What's It Gonna Be" (US #91, R&B #48). Two years later, on March 24, 2003, he released the album "U-Turn," which produced the single "Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda" (R&B #35), which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance. During this time, McKnight also appeared in TV commercials for Sears and RADD.

McKnight's eighth album, "Gemini," was released on February 8, 2005. The smooth ballad lead single "Everytime You Go Away" was released at the same time as the second single "What We Do Here.” The album received mixed reviews and rose to number four on the Billboard Charts. That same year, he also appeared in Mariah Carey's music video, "It's Like That."

After moving from Motown to Warner Bros. Records, McKnight released the album "Ten" on December 5, 2006. Said to be McKnight's experiment with country-style music, the album spun off the lead single "Find Myself In You," which was also available on the soundtrack to the motion picture "Madea's Family Reunion" and topped charts across the world. The next singles off the album were "Used To Be My Girl" and "What's My Name." The album debuted at number 32 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and sold about 63,000 copies in its first week of release.

By this time, McKnight had collaborated with such musicians as Mase, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Ivete Sangalo, Kirk Franklin, For Real, Canibus, Quincy Jones, Boyz II Men, Christina Aguilera, Shoshana Bean, Mariah Carey, Regine Velasquez, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Rascal Flatts and Josh Groban. He also contributed songs for such films as "The Next Karate Kid" (1994), "Color of Night" (1994), "Panther" (1995), "When We Were Kings" (1996), "The Prince of Egypt" (1998), "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" (2000), "Men of Honor" (2000) and "Daddy's Little Girls" (2007).

Besides singing, McKnight also hosts his own radio show, “The Brian McKnight Morning Show” with Pat Prescott on KTWV The Wave in Los Angeles, California. He also tried his hand at acting and has appeared in multiple episodes of the sitcom starring Tia and Tamera Mowry, "Sister, Sister," as well as in an episode of the short-lived UPN show "Platinum" and NBC’s "American Dreams." He also appeared in the made-for-television movie "Inside the Music with Yolanda Adams" (2000) and the films "The Beat" (2003) and "Leverage" (2005). In October 2007, he made his debut on Broadway in the show “Chicago.”

McKnight is currently working on a new album called "Life Has Changed."


Awards:

  • American Music Awards: Favorite Male R&B/Soul Artist, 2001

Image Awards: Outstanding Male Artist, “Back at One,” 2000

Soul Train Awards: Best R&B/Soul Male Album, “Anytime,” 1999

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