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Brian McKnight

One of the most consistent and versatile adult contemporary R&B artists, Brian McKnight placed seven albums across 15 years -- from the early '90s through the first decade of the 2000s -- within the Top Ten of Billboard's R&B albums chart. Whether he wrote and produced for himself or collaborated with the likes of Diddy, the Underdogs, and Tim & Bob, he enjoyed moderate commercial success without ever quite becoming a superstar. This, along with a down-to-earth personality and a catalog heavy on mellow material, may have helped McKnight for the sake of longevity; he made his first mark during the tail-end of the new jack swing era and, nearly 20 years later, shared chart space with singers half his age. He holds a Grammy record for 16 nominations without a win.

McKnight, a native of Buffalo, New York, grew up in a family where music came naturally. He was a member of the church choir along with his immediate family; his grandfather was the director. With a gospel upbringing, McKnight explored other genres of music. Still in his early teens, he exercised his writing ambitions by penning instrumentals (soft jazz, easy listening); he learned to play several instruments. He formed a band and began performing his originals at local venues. By the age of 18, McKnight had secured a publishing deal. His calling to the national scene manifested itself when his older brother Claude and the group he was a member of, Take 6, signed a recording contract with a major label.

After sending out numerous demos to various record companies, McKnight's tape drew the interest of Mercury Records president Ed Eckstine (son of Billy Eckstine). Eckstine was so impressed with McKnight's sound that the young artist was signed to a deal within two weeks. McKnight's first release on Mercury was 1992's "The Way Love Goes," peaking at number 11 after 19 weeks on the Billboard R&B chart. His two follow-up singles barely cracked the Billboard R&B Top 60, and included "Love Is," a duet with Vanessa Williams featured on Beverly Hills 90210. Ironically, that single peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, introducing McKnight to a crossover audience. His self-titled album made a minor splash.

Though there was a fair amount of buzz around McKnight as a promising up-and-comer, nearly three years passed between his debut and his second album, I Remember You (1995). His first Top Ten R&B album, it contained a pair of Top 20 R&B singles: a cover of Van Morrison's "Crazy Love" and the relatively contemporary "On the Down Low." A very young Robin Thicke, whose admiration ran so deep that he was jokingly nicknamed "Brian McWhite" by friends, co-wrote one of the album's other songs. On Anytime (1997), McKnight shook up his sound by collaborating with Diddy and Trackmasters; the former produced "You Should Be Mine (Don't Waste Your Time)," which crossed into the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 and featured Mase. A Christmas album, Bethlehem, followed in 1998 -- the first of five albums he released on Motown. A year later, McKnight returned with Back at One; its title track reached the top of the Hot 100. Superhero, from 2001, kicked off with the surprisingly rock-ish title track and a list of featured guests -- Justin Timberlake, Nate Dogg, Nelly's St. Lunatics -- made it look like a rap mixtape. Released in 2003, U Turn was a fairly straightforward and ballad-filled affair.

Some time playing basketball for the ABA's Ontario Warriors helped keep McKnight out of the musical picture for a couple years. Gemini (2005), his final set for Motown, was released in 2005 and contained some of his most overtly sexual songwriting. Ten, a Warner Bros. release, followed quickly the next year, sporting a handful of Tim & Bob collaborations among otherwise self-produced material. A second Christmas album, I'll Be Home for Christmas, was released in 2008. Evolution of a Man, for the most part a self-sufficient collection, was released in 2009 on E1 (aka Koch). This wasn't merely one of McKnight's most productive phases from a musical standpoint. He hosted a radio program on a Los Angeles radio station, performed on Broadway in Chicago, and competed on the second season of Celebrity Apprentice. The following decade, he released the split live/studio set Just Me (2011), as well as More Than Words (2013). ~ Craig Lytle & Andy Kellman, Rovi
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This is the only song he has that I like, It's a beautiful song.
gregoryfinch 2 3
Love a cut by Brian and can't seem to find it. It's called ... In the garden, I think. Great song, please add this one. I thought it was on the Gemini CD as a bonus trac
Love Brian McKnight. <3
Wow this brings back memories of saying goodbye to an ex.....
Ugh I miss the 90s. When artists music made actual sense
My favorite song. Plus the video is deep
and he is from my hometown Buffalo NY:)
Love this song!
One of the most beautiful love songs I have heard in years. Just beautiful
back at one.
Love all of his music...espe c i a l l y this one...brings back memories in 1998.
FOLLOW ME.....IM TRYINH TO GET A LIL GROUP TOGETHER SOOO IF YOU SING, PLAY A INSTRUMENT. ETC EMAIL TAMPADIVA1@G M A I L . COM IF NOT LETS JUST EXCHANGE MUSIC THANKS.: -)
Your my blessing from my Father Above I've waited for real love and I believe you are the one. .,,
ANYTIME IS SO FULL OF EMOTION....E V E R Y O N E CAN RELATE
Thank you for my lifeline. I will hold on with both hands and never let go. FKNLNAY xxxxxxxxxxxx x x x x x x x
This song is so sweet n sensual. I love you Brian. Wish all men would listen to this soft song. Peace n blessings.
All time favorite!!
I love Brian McKnight he is amazing my favorite song by him is Anytime!!! <3
ALL I.CAN SAY IS BRAIN BRAIN BRAIN DEBBIE
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't read this you will die in two days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in the next 143 min. when your done press F6 an your lovers name will pop up on your screen in big letters. Trust me it works.
FOLLOW ME ....IM TRYING TO GET A GROUP TOGETHER IF YOU SING,PLAY A INSTRUMENT EMAIL ME TAMPADIVA1@G M A I L . C O M . . . . I SING ALSO ....THANKS
chanel.reid
Love this CD!
lovepeacenjo i
I agree Deborah! I met him when I was fifteen! He was very kind.
Follow me.......... . t h a n k s
I love your music?
One of the most under-rated singers in the Industry. Smooth, polished, sophisticate d , , soulful, and one of the nicest men!
start back at one

good days these songs bring calm good music loving music those days are gone but his angel voice still and will live on i wonder what he doing today
I love this song
I love this song
I love crazy love
Dakota k
wish i had that kind of talent
dad loves this song too
Great baby making song!!!!!!!
Love this man! My favorite artist! So glad I was able to see him in concert!
reminds me of the words my ex told me
:( i miss her .
Crazy love, shoulda coulda woulda, 6,8,12 love this talented man
Dont read this because it actuallh works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you dont post this you will die in 2 days. Bow youve started readinv dont stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 144 minutes.... wheb done press f6 and your lovers name will cond on the screen in big letterd. This is so scary because it actually works.
ANYTIME!<3
I remember you= best BMcKnight album 4sho!
anytime!<3
Brian McKnight.... s o . . . s o sexy!!! Talented too...=)
Loving this station, miss this music
I need that love u just don't known all.....
dame this song is so true!!!!!!!! ! ! do i ever cross you mind anytime
heirjordan7
The man!
One of best singer evet
tmociers
Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Fri. by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However,if u don't post this u will die in 2 days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is scary but post this on at least 5 songs in 143 min. When done press f6 and Th name of your lover will appear on the screen in big letters, it really works
I love this song
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