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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: 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

4. Grown Man Business

5. Everything I Do

6. Here With You

7. All Over Now

8. She

9. Stay

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: 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: Back At One

1. Back At One

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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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OPEN YOUR MOUTH TO SPEAK WHAT THE WORD SAYS!
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I shall Open my mouth, to judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. I am a virtuous woman. My soul is far above rubies. The heart of my husband safely trust in me, he shall have no need to not trust me. I stretch out my hand to the poor; I reach forth my hands to the needy. I am not afraid of the snow for my household: all my household are clothed because i PRAY an AM wealth. I command blessings in everything I say, and sell it; and I deliver blessings to the needy.
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Strength and honour are my blessing; and I rejoice in time to come. I open my mouth with wisdom; and in my tongue is the law of kindness. I look AND PRAY FOR the ways of my household, and eat not the bread of idleness. My children rise up, and call me blessed; my husband also, and he praises me. I am Favoured by God and men; and I am beautiful: i AM a woman that fear the Lord, I shall be praised. I am given the fruit of my hands; and my own works praise me in the city. Praise God! In Jesus name.
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Brian McKnight is and will always be one of my favorite Artists of all time. He truly has an awesome voice.
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I love this song. can't get through with out crying it always gets to me.
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My wedding song
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"And it's 23rd of July"....... a n d "I love you" are my two favorite parts in this song. Thanks Brian McKnight! Ironically, my elementary/m i d d l e school crush and I shared our FIRST KISS on July 23rd, 2004, by fate.....it happened under the night sky lit up by ONLY the MOONLIGHT and SINGLE STAR. (Don't believe me? Ask my grade school and crush yourself! I remember that month and day clearly because my Dad's bday is on July 24th....hone s t l y ! For reals! I thank God all the time for that blessi
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Kiss your left hand
Close your hand
Say your crushes name
Pick a weekday
Open your hand
Post this on 15 other songs it will work trust me I have done it before
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Lyrics say it all.......
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maggiekksb
Now is good
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love B McKnight
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Wish I could let go but you haunt my soul . but its time to move on.
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Damn,I can't understand why I just can't let go I became my world and now I can't get I out of my mind. I need I back in my life...
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Wish I could shut it off but You haunt me...

'I can't remember why we fell apart
From something that was so meant to be,
Forever was the promise in our hearts
Now, more and more I wonder where you are

I swear I hear your voice, driving me insane
How I wish that you would call

Do I ever cross your mind, anytime
I miss you'
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U have the key to my body and soul light of mine
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Still have your picture...
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I Love ur Music
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My anniversery. Yes today.
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I hate to get putting my business out there. I love you.
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I love you.
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I love your Music Mr Mcknight...I think your amazing your music has got threw some tuff times...Than k You❤
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U r awsome brain mcknight
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Wooooohhh��� � Mean Thro Back
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WWW. COW STAR WARS EWOKS. SANYO PLAY GAMES
GAME LOT ESRB NOKIA POINE
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Sexy Redd
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That's my theme song...
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ANYTIME ....,, do I ever cross your mind anytime ? ...., lol ....
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THE BEST!! FORGET THE REST!!!
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DO I EVER CROSS YOUR MIND!!!???
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I love Brian McKnight Is fine looking. And I am love his music
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So fine music!
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I so love this song.
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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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������ this song!!!
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Gina Brian McKnight so cute miss you too ❤️❤️❤️❤️����
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So Authentic
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Love this song
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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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Love them
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