As an artist who needs no introduction, Brian McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history. He has released 14 albums to date, 7 of them have gone platinum, with several going...
As an artist who needs no introduction, Brian McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history. He has released 14 albums to date, 7 of them have gone platinum, with several going 2 and 3x platinum, and he has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. McKnight is also a multi-instrumentalist who plays nine instruments including piano, guitar bass, drums, percussions, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet.
In an industry known for a constantly revolving door of artists, McKnight has easily established himself with an enviable record of chart consistency, has toured successfully for over a decade, and has collaborated with performers across every genre including Quincy Jones, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Diddy, Christina Aguilera, Rascal Flatts, Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Willie Nelson and Kenny G.
Born in Buffalo, New York, Brian’s musical career began in childhood when he became a member of his church, NY choir and a bandleader for his high school, Sweet Home High School. By the age of 19, he signed his first recording deal with Mercury Records subsidiary, Wing Records. In 1992, his self-titled album “Brian McKnight” was released followed by “I Remember You” (1995) and “Anytime” (1997). Anytime sold over two million copies and was nominated for a Grammy. In 1999, McKnight released Back at One on Motown Records, which sold over three million copies.
Along with several Grammy nominations, Brian McKnight has been the recipient of American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, NAACP Image and Blockbuster Awards, and Billboard Songwriter of The Year. He has crossed the boundaries of EVERY medium. He has hosted "Soul Session Countdown with Brian McKnight" on BETJ. In addition, "The Brian McKnight Morning Show" on KTWV the Wave Smooth Jazz radio station, was a Top 5 rated show 2 years running. In 2009 Brian started hosting his own radio show "The Brian McKnight Show" which ran in over 60 market and was syndicated through ABC Radio. Brian also hosted his own
nationally syndicated TV show "The Brian McKnight Show".
Brian has also used his vast industry knowledge as a red carpet host for Extra! and in 2007, McKnight stepped into Broadway with a successful run as Billy Flynn in Chicago. Brian was also a contestant on the Donald Trump hit show "Celebrity Apprentice" and toured nationwide in the musical play "Cheaper to Keep Her" with Vivica A. Fox.
2011 saw the release of Brian's 14th album, entitled "Just Me" along with a worldwide tour and live DVD. Brian made it a family affair and was joined on tour by his brother Claude McKnight and sons BJ and Niko also known as "BRKN RBTZ" (broken robots), for what has been spectacular one-of-a kind show.
In 2012 Brian and his sons started their own record label; Trif3cta Records. Brian is looking to create a haven for true singer songwriters and artists who want to have control not only in their music, but in the careers in general. Brian and his sons are also producing other artists under the name “C.A.T.S” an acronym for Care About The Sound. 2012 will also see the launch of his McKnight 360 Foundation to help raise awareness and provide solutions for the lack of funding for musical programs in schools across the country.
Active on Twitter (@itsbmcknight) Brian has, by request, started posted tutorials on his YouTube channel (BMcKnight23) to teach aspiring musicians many of his most popular songs. Later this year he will be launching a 24hour website where fans can log in to his live studio cameras and watch him and his sons create their music in real time.