Multi-Platinum R&B Superstar
Singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Brian McKnight is one of the most lauded entertainers in contemporary music. Along with a record 16 Grammy nominations, he has sold over 20 million albums, and has received 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 – records, film, TV and Broadway, appearing as Billy Flynn in “Chicago.”
McKnight grew up in a very active gospel music community in Buffalo, New York. Inspired by the success of his older brother Claude (whose band, Take 6, was signed to a major label), McKnight started making demo tapes of his original music and shopping them around. He landed a deal with Mercury Records when Ed Eckstine (son of Billy Eckstine) heard his tapes, and began a string of recording success that continues today.
McKnight is active in many other facets of the music industry as well: one of Brian’s forays onto Broadway found him playing Billy Flynn in “Chicago.” In addition to scoring a number of films for the likes of Tyler Perry, McKnight has hosted numerous TV and radio shows, which have been aired and syndicated by BET, ABC, and KTWV-Los Angeles. McKnight has had time to showcase his non-musical talents as well: he spent three years playing professional basketball with the ABA’s Ontario Warriors.