Mix of classic and new material highlights An Evening With Brian McKnight live set
At age 47, Brian McKnight has earned a spot in contemporary music history as a singer, songwriter, and producer. He’s released 14 studio albums to date including three platinum and multi-platinum sets, his total sales worldwide surpass the 25 million mark, and his work has earned him 16 Grammy Award nominations. In addition, McKnight is a multi-instrumentalist who can play piano, guitar, bass, drums, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn, and trumpet. McKnight’s latest album release via SoNo Recording Group is titled, An Evening With Brian McKnight. The new CD/DVD/Blu-ray project is yet another example of the artist’s “enviable record of chart consistency.”
An Evening With Brian McKnight is a live concert experience that was recorded in January at the historic Saban Theatre in Los Angeles. The collection includes all of the artist’s best-known songs as well as three new compositions. The live recording was mixed by Earl Cohen (Pink, Lady Gaga, Nelly) and the three new studio tracks were produced by Aaron Pierce (Fifth Harmony, Justin Bieber, Boyz II Men). One of the new cuts is titled, ‘Everything,’ which is currently No. 20 on the Mediabase Adult Contemporary airplay chart and No. 23 on Billboard’s AC chart.
McKnight is continuing to perform live this year as he returns to Australia and New Zealand for a week in early October. He’s coming off two sold-out Australian tours in 2011 and 2013, where his performances garnered rave reviews. The new live set features McKnight’s classic hit songs along with newer composition’s from his last studio album, Better. The follow up to 2013’s More Than Words is the singer’s 13th studio album, showcasing his R&B roots through collaborations with Hawaiian vocalist Kimie Miner along with rappers Glasses Malone and Sixx John.
An artist profile posted on the Perth Concert Hall website states fans can expect to hear McKnight’s “smooth as silk vocals draped over a mesmerizing display of incredible musicianship in a multi-instrumentalist show.” Australia’s AU Review calls McKnight “one of the greatest singer-songwriters of our time,” noting that on his last trip Down Under he “knew how to give the crowd exactly what they wanted, even before his most universally cherished numbers made their appearance.” McKnight returns to the U.S. later in October for shows in New Brunswick, N.J. (Oct. 21); Atlantic City, N.J. (Oct. 22); Alexandria, Va. (Oct. 23); Dallas (Nov. 24); Biloxi, Miss. (Nov. 25); and Marksville, La. (Nov. 26).
In addition to 16 Grammy nominations, McKnight has earned American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, NAACP Image and Blockbuster Awards, and the title of Billboard Songwriter of The Year. He’s also crossed over into numerous genres by collaborating with artists such as Quincy Jones, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Diddy, Christina Aguilera, Rascal Flatts, Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Willie Nelson, and Kenny G.
In 2009, McKnight started hosting his own syndicated radio show, “The Brian McKnight Show,” which was broadcast in more than 60 markets. He once hosted his own nationally syndicated TV show called “The Brian McKnight Show,” and the versatile artist has performed in a Broadway production, competed on the second season of “Celebrity Apprentice,” and appeared in films.
Watch the official music video for ‘Everything,’ the Top 20 single from the new album, An Evening With Brian McKnight.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Brian McKnight was born June 5, 1969, in Buffalo, New York. His musical career as a singer-songwriter, arranger, producer, and musician began as a child singing in his church choir. The multi-instrumentalist plays piano, guitar, bass, drums/percussion, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet.
* McKnight began to write music as a teenager, penning soft jazz and easy listening instrumentals. He formed a band and began performing his originals at local venues. By age 18, McKnight had secured a publishing deal, and joined his older brother, Claude, in the group Take 6.
* After sending out numerous demos to various record companies, Mercury Records president Ed Eckstine was so impressed with McKnight that he signed the young artist to a record deal. McKnight's debut on Mercury is 1992's ‘The Way Love Goes,’ which peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard R&B Songs chart.
* Follow up single ‘Love Is’ is a duet with Vanessa Williams that was featured on “Beverly Hills 90210.” The song became a breakout crossover hit for McKnight when it got all the way to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
* In 1992, the self-titled Brian McKnight debut album reached the Top 20 of the Billboard R&B albums chart, followed nearly three years later by I Remember You. The sophomore release became the singer’s first Top 10 album, featuring the Top 20 R&B cover of Van Morrison's ‘Crazy Love.’ McKnight co-wrote the track ‘Anyway’ with a 15-year-old Robin Thicke.
* McKnight shook up his sound by collaborating with Diddy and Trackmasters for 1997’s Anytime, which broke into the Top 20 of the Billboard 200 and topped the R&B albums chart. The album went double-platinum behind the Top 20 Hot 100 single, ‘You Should Be Mine (Don't Waste Your Time)’ featuring Mase.
* The 1998 Christmas album, Bethlehem, introduced McKnight’s debut on the Motown label. The following year, the title track from his album Back at One climbed to No. 2 on the Hot 100 and helped the album go triple platinum.
* In 2012, McKnight launched the 360 Foundation to help raise awareness and provide funding for musical programs in schools across the country. He also helps kids at children’s hospitals through his work with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.