Born In: Buffalo, New York, United States
Being a singer and songwriter was an inevitable career choice for Brian McKnight as music ran in the blood of this talented and skilful artist. In his more than two decades long career, he has established himself as a successful R&B artist who has enjoyed consistent commercial success in all his endeavors, whether it is for writing the lyrics, producing an album or collaborating with the biggies of the industry. However, stardom has constantly eluded this versatile musician, his sixteen Grammy award nominations without a win, which is a record in itself, explicitly affirming the same. However, irrespective of that, McKnight has been one of the most popular and strongest talents in the list of adult contemporary R&B artists of the present generation. Through his career, he has worked with a variety of musician including Mase, Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs, Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, Vanessa Williams, and so on. Apart from being a singer and songwriter, he is a multi-instrumentalist and excels in playing eight instruments namely piano, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet.
Also Known As: Brian Kelly McKnight
Spouse/Ex-: Julie McKnight (m. 1990–2003)
siblings: Claude Freddie Michael
children: Clyde McKnight, Niko McKnight Brian McKnight Jr.
Born Country: United States
Notable Alumni: Maynard Evans High School
City: Buffalo, New York
education: Maynard Evans High School
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Brian McKnight was born on June 5, 1969, in a musically inclined family in Buffalo, New York. While his grandfather was a director by profession, his elder brother, Claude McKnight III had a band of his own.
The superlative success of his debut album led him being tagged as one of the most promising and upcoming singer-songwriters around. However, despite the buzz, his second album took quite some time and released only in 1995, titled, ‘I Remember You’.
The success story continued as his 2001, released album, ‘Superhero’ was well received by the audience. With rock style music, the album had a long list of featured guests, including Justin Timberlake, Nate Dogg and Nelly’s St Lunatics. The album secured five Grammy nominations,
Two years later, in 2005, he came up with the album, ‘Gemini’ which had a sexual tone in its lyrics. Meanwhile, he wrote lyrics for Guy Sebastian, Australian Soul artist for the song, ‘Wait’ in the album ‘Beautiful Life’.
He went into the wedlock with Julie, who bore him two sons, Brian McKnight Jr and Cole Nicolas Niko McKnight. The couple however separated. He also has a son named Clyde and a daughter named Briana. His sons have made significant contribution in his latest released albums. In 2017, he married pediatric neurophysiologist Leilani Malia. In November 2022, Brian and Leilani announced that they were expecting their first child together.
Religiously, he is a Seventh-day Adventist
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