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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
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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

8. Shoulda Been Lovin' You

9. Again

11. Can't Leave You Alone

12. I Do

13. The Rest Of My Life

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

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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

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

1. What I've Been Waiting For

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Sitting in the salon listening to Brian McKnight, man, man, man, talkin bout bringing back some memories!!! I will stop right here and just shut the hell up!
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One of my top 5 singers of ALL TIME!
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Brian McKnight I'm still a huge fan thank u for keeping me happily inspired through yours and Claude music daily
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Those eyes capture me you amazing no can and will replace you those insecurity because we apart not cause I don't love you G
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My all time favorite artist. The kind of music that you have to stop and listen to if it comes on in the store or on the radio. Pull over and close your eyes.
I've been listening to "Brian McKnight Radio" for 2 hours and I've only heard 2 Brian songs. How do I get rid of all these other guys?
Time to get out my old CDs and my 6 disk changer...��
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I adore Brian's music...Sexy !
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tparshall1
One of the great voices out of my past (but not so distant past: the early 2000s). I found Brian McKnight after listening to my daughter's CD collections during her late high school and college years. I love the sweet high harmonies and delicacy of phrasing. Oddly, on a trip to SoCal in 2004 my daughter ran into Brian at, of all places, a gas station. She said hello to him and talked for a few minutes and before he left he gave her a current Cd! I never tire of his voice.
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Your voice is such a God given gift
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omg this made me think about life...
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Brian U made me really think about have I ever Cross his mind?
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I love this song Brian you're awesome
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#love me some Brian love this song#
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I love me some Brian McKnight
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Thanx b UT OK CLOSE WHILE ?? ❤️
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Back at one .. MONDAY
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❤️
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Everlasting words
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I have been a brian mcknight fan for as long as I can remember...a n d before I leave this world I have got to meet this man n person...I will forever love this man...his music is very soothing to my soul!!!❤❤❤
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I wonder where my love
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Love this
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I miss you so much
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You are always on my mind Edward.
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Im sorry. All the times you told ne you love me. Soo untrue.
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I miss you so much... And I don't know what to say ❤️❤️❤️❤️
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The one and only singer I like
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U are
My favorite artist.Can u plz come back to Waterbury Ct.ur concert with ur Son's was amazing!!!
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Mmmm yes indeed sing it baby
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Love you
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I love u derived always n forever
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Luv of my life
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I love you Brian
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You never let me know what I meabcti yiu
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Anytime!!!!I adore that song the most out of ur hits:)One of the Greatest Brian!!..Hap p y Thanksgiving : )
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Your My #1: I'm Tryn To Come See You For My #54 B.-Day, 12-13-15: Much Love Goes To You!!!
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This is it
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I love you and your music
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I love Brian McKnight, if I could have any wish, it would be for him to sing at my wedding
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One of my favs
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ProgrAM ti'ME!! phones are open!!!! DAMN CALL ME, I SO NEED TO HEAR YOU, I MISS YOU LIKE CRAZY BEAUTIFUL".. . . . . .
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Whats good in having to say good bye!! Clearly, when love and dont love back and talks and acts that no love. It was time to move on.
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Do you ever think of ME? I SHOULD KNOW BETTER BUT MISSIN @E SOOO MUCH
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WISH I COULD SEE YOU
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Yes
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I love this song gets me through my weakest points
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Took me back in time... t ruely took my breathe away. Thank you.....
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I STILL LOVE THIS SONG LIKE THE FIRST TIME I HEARD IT
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I miss u baby but I no u are in heaven looking down on us it hurts so bad to no I can't hold u anymore RIP baby
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Thank you very much Brian Mcknight for so many beautiful lyrics and songs to help me get through hard times....WIN ! ! !
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