Singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Brian McKnight is one of the most lauded entertainers in contemporary music. Along with 16 Grammy nominations, he has sold 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, where he played Billy Flynn in Chicago.
Celebrating the release of his 14th album, McKnight is touring with his brother Claude McKnight (of Multi Grammy Award winning Take 6) and sons BJ and Niko also known as “BRKN RBTZ” (broken robots), for what is being billed as a spectacular one-of-a kind show.
This summer, he is touring around the world – from Australia to Miami, Korea to Los Angeles, playing theaters, casinos and arenas - venues that range in capacity from 1,500 seats to 0ver 7,000. And one small club in Minneapolis. Even we’re surprised.
* Brian played the Verizon Theater in Dallas Fort Worth on June 11. The capacity is 6,300 and the top ticket price was $85
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.