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Brian McKnight

One of the most consistent and versatile adult contemporary R&B artists, Brian McKnight placed ten albums across two decades -- from the early '90s through the early 2010s -- 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 rockish 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) and the independently issued Better (2016). ~ Craig Lytle & Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: More Than Words (Deluxe Edition)

1. Don't Stop

2. Letsomebodyluvu

3. 4th Of July

4. Sweeter

5. She Doesn't Know

6. More Than Words

7. Nothing But A Thang

8. Livewithoutyou

9. Made For Love

10. Get U 2 Stay

11. Slow

12. Another

13. Trying Not To Fall Asleep

14. Ididntreallymeantoturnuout

15. The Front The Back The Side

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Track List: Just Me

Disc 1

1. Temptation

2. Fall 5.0

3. One Mo Time

4. Gimme Yo Love

5. Husband 2.1

6. Without You

7. Just Lemme Know

8. End And Beginning With You

9. Careless Whisper

10. Just Me

Disc 2

1. Find Myself In You (Live)

2. More Than Wonderful (Live)

3. Only One For Me (Live)

4. Bio, Pt. 1 (Live)

5. Gonna Fly Now (Rocky Theme) (Live)

6. Sonata (Classical) (Live)

7. Rouge (Live)

8. Bio, Pt. 2 (Live)

9. On The Battlefield For My Lord (Live)

10. Bio, Pt. 3 ("Sweet Love") (Live)

11. Find My Way Back Home (Live)

12. Unforgettable (Live)

13. Overjoyed (Live)

14. Rock With You (Live)

15. Crazy Love (Live)

16. Can You Read My Mind (Live)

17. Come Back To Me (Live)

18. Never Felt This Way (Live)

19. All I Need Is You (Live)

20. Still (Live)

21. Do You Ever Think About Me (Live)

22. The Rest Of My Life (Live)

23. Temptation (Live)

24. I Miss You (Live)

25. Anytime (Live)

26. Back At One (Live)

27. One Last Cry (Live)

28. One More Time (Live)

29. Cherish (Live)

30. Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda (Live)

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Track List: Evolution Of A Man

1. The Brian Mcknight Show

2. Just A Little Bit

3. Ibetchaneva

4. Whati'vebeenwaiting4

5. Whenurlovinme

6. Never Say Goodbye

7. Stay Tuned

8. Next 2 U

9. I Miss U

10. Always Be My Baby

11. Babyit'su

12. While

13. Another You

14. Not Alone

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Track List: Ten

1. Used To Be My Girl

2. Comfortable

3. Find Myself In You

4. What's My Name

5. Unhappy Without You

6. A Little To Late

7. Holdin' On (Missin' You)

8. Shoulda Been Lovin' You

9. Again

10. More And Morey

11. Can't Leave You Alone

12. I Do

13. The Rest Of My Life

14. Red, White, And Blue

15. Don't Take Your Love Away

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Track List: Gemini

1. Stay With Him (Intro)

2. What We Do Here

3. Everytime You Go away

4. Grown Man Business

5. Everything I Do

6. Here With You

7. All Over Now

8. She

9. Stay

10. Come Back

11. Watcha Gonna Do?

12. Your Song

13. Me & You

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Track List: U Turn

1. All Night Long (feat. Nelly)

2. Back Seat (Gettin' Down)

3. Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

4. Try Our Love Again

5. Where Do We Go From Here

6. Been So Long

7. Good Enough (feat. Joe, Carl Thomas, Tyrese & Tank)

8. Someday, Someway, Somehow

9. For The Rest Of My Life

10. If It Was Cool

11. U Turn (feat. Fabolous & Six John)

12. So Sorry

13. One Of The One's Who Did (feat. Kirk Franklin)

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Track List: 1989-2002 From There To Here

1. Let Me Love You

2. The Way Love Goes

3. One Last Cry

4. Love Is (Feat. Vanessa Williams)

5. Crazy Love

6. On The Down Low

7. Still In Love

8. Anytime

9. The Only One For Me

10. You Should Be Mine (Don't Waste Your Time)

11. Back At One

12. 6, 8, 12

13. Love Of My Life

14. Home

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Track List: Superhero

1. Prelude

2. When You Wanna Come

3. What's It Gonna Be

4. My Kind Of Girl

5. Love Of My Life

6. Whatever You Want

7. Everything

8. Get Over You

9. Superhero

10. Still

11. Don't Know Where To Start

12. Biggest Part Of Me

13. When Will I See You Again

14. For You

15. Groovin' Tonight

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Track List: Back At One

1. Last Dance

2. Stay

3. Played Yourself

4. Back At One

5. Stay Or Let IT Go

6. 6, 8, 12

7. You Could Be The one

8. Shall We Begin

10. Can You Read My Mind

11. Lonely

12. Cherish

13. Home

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Track List: Anytime

1. Anytime

2. Could

3. You Should Be Mine (Don't Waste Your Time)

4. Show Me The Way Back To Your Heart

5. Everytime We Say Goodbye

6. You Got The Bomb

7. Hold Me

8. The Only One For Me

9. Til I Get Over You

10. I Belong To you

11. Jam Knock

12. When The Chariot Comes

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Track List: I Remember You

1. On The Down Low

2. On The Floor

3. Your Love Is Ooh

4. Up Around My Way

5. Anyway

6. Still In Love

7. Every Beat Of My Heart

8. I Remember You

9. Must Be Love

10. Crazy Love

11. Marilie

12. Kiss Your Love Goodbye

13. You

14. The Day The Earth Stood Still

15. Niko's Lullaby

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Track List: Better

1. Strut

2. Just Enough

3. Can't Take It

4. Better

5. Uh Oh Feeling

6. Like I Do

7. Lovin You from a Distance

8. Goodbye (feat. Kimie Miner)

9. Get You into My Life (feat. Glasses Malone)

10. Enough

11. Key 2 My Heart (feat. Sixx John)

12. Just Waiting

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Track List: Everything (Single)

1. Everything

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Track List: Fall 5.0 (Radio Single)

1. Fall 5.0

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Track List: Sweeter (Single)

1. Sweeter

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Track List: Uh Oh Feeling (Single)

1. Uh Oh Feeling

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Track List: Used To Be My Girl

1. Used To Be My Girl

2. Used To Be My Girl (Instrumental)

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Track List: Used To Be My Girl (Single)

2. Used To Be My Girl (Instrumental)

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Track List: What I've Been Waiting For (Radio Single)

1. What I've Been Waiting For

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So fine music!
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I so love this song.
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Love of my life....nice
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!!!!!!Jay!!! ! ! !
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Hey Mr
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start back at one
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I love all his music
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I love u, ur voice is so unique 80s born baby still can't find no other with similar voice style
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My s**t right here!
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I love Brian McKnight!!!! His songs take me back to many good times ��
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A love song! With meaning!!!!!
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So Authentic
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Love this song. R&B ain't nothing like this as of today.
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Like his music. My daughter was born on his songs and the Isley Brothers.
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Love Brian!!! I try to see him live whenever he's nearby. One of the greatest voices of our time!!!
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I love this dong I love you NR.
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Do i ever cross your mind ken especially since we are not together at the moment after 4 and one half years because I Miss You!
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Amazing talent! Love you Brian ❤️
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Love this guy
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hes more talented than he get credit for and hes gtrat in concert
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People sleep on this dude
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6' 8' 12 .. :(
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One last cry
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Anytime Brian MCKnight!
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My song
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Back At One .... Thinking of him ....
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He came to Maui and he was beautiful! Almost pulled him off the stage!
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I love Brian McKnight songs in general. ❤️
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I'm sorry but u can't go wrong wit Pandora hit after hit after hit after it don't stop from Pandora all the to Memphis tn and back u hear me ayyee I I miss u
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I was suppose to marry this guy. But, he never found me. Well, I got married off of this songs anyways. Lol!
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My main man Brian McKnight!!! Always smoove RnB from this Brotha!!! Original classic RnB Jams!!!
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Need to hear more of Brian Mcknight music on radio.
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Love your voice and music...when will we get more of you?
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