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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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Comments

rdb2610
Appreciate.. . . . . . . S m i l e
rdb2610
Be thankful.... . . . . S m i l e
Love Of My Life....time l e s s song. Love me some Brian McKnight!
My only regret in life is being to young for Brian McKnight ����
Do I ever cross your mind anytime?
Love love love me some Brian McKnight *swoon*
LOVE THIS SONG
McKnight has that special touch on music that most artist only wish they had.
I just love brain mcknight music :-)
Brian McKnight music is so smooth and soothing.... . m m m m m m
Love love love
I like all his songs
nrivers16
Gotcha always and 4 ever;P
Almost an end of an Era!-Cant find this type of music today!!
Believed
1.kiss your left hand
2.say your crushes name
3.close your hand
4.say your name
5.pick a school day
6.post this on 15 song and your crush will ask you out
Going down
Yes this is the cut, love it.
Every minute I'm breathing you cross my mind baby.
I like this song. My boyfriend can sing the whole song without playing it.
leannaasher8
Ur not my favor person who sings
kammiee20114
Like this song too. Brian has a beautiful voice too.��
Still feel that about you my heart
kammiee20114
Used to LOVE this song when I was a baby, and I still do today. It always made me extremely happy and smiling. I remember hearing it. ❤️��
Can't wait to see Brian Mcknight, Tank, and Joe in concert tomorrow night at the Chicago Theatre! I'm gonna be up dancing and singing along like I'm on stage.
You are my heart never. Stopping forever beating.new life in me constantly holding me together baby there never be another to replace you.
Because YOU KNOW YOU GOT THE KEYS TO MY HEART
Ricky u always cross my mind, love you!!!
Do i ever cross ur mind johnnie i love u i miss u
Wont you come back to Me;(
Classic. Only see him and im THANKFUL
Love this song. Puts me in my feelings, and makes me want to make up with my man......... . .
Anytime..... s e n d s chills through my body......to u c h e s the heart
Music is not the same as it used to be. This is real R&B.
Love Dis song
I love and will always miss you
babyboysmith . j d s
I miss you
Flawless
So soulFULL...
The most talented, underappreci a t e d , and underrated R & B musician in the history of the game. His talent is phenomenal and his sound is clean like a Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Michael McDonald, and the Band Earth Wind and Fire. The only thing wrong about his career is he peaked in music during the wrong area. This guy made me stop and listen to music differently than I ever had before. His take on music spoke to me conveying this is how music is done.
I love Brian McKnight's voice
rtribe21113
A very musically blessed brother.
6, 8, 12....takes me back to high school saying goodbye to my high school sweetheart.. . w h a t a beautiful song.
Brian I believe has been appointed by the grace of Yahweh god our creator to transform lives especially in the messages in songs like (When will I see u again) an so many other songs related to gods messages that I as a witness and follower of Jesus an a repented sinner.I find inspiration in the lyrics. I also am a singer wanting to raise n praise my lord n Savior. I pray practicing in prayer.
priest757
Why is that people seems to want to make up when a love song comes on? If you act right and do the things you are suppose to do and not take each other for granted instead of saying sorry you should be telling each other how much you love them and appreciate them.
My go to music
I'm sorry baby for all the fights with you I still have love for you boo even thou you cheated on me
Love Brian Mcknight great artist will love more music from him
Love
Always cross my mind
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