As an artist who needs no introduction, Brian McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history.
He has released 13 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, Justin Bieber, 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 band leader 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 markets 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 is currently touring nationwide in the JeCaryous Johnson play “Cheaper to Keep
Her” with Vivica A. Fox.
2011 will see the release of Brian’s 14th album, entitled “Just Me” along with a worldwide tour and live DVD.
Brian is making it a family affair and will be joined on tour by Brother Claude McKnight and sons BJ and Niko
also known as “BRKN RBTZ” (broken robots), for what promises to be a spectacular one-of-a kind show.