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Brian McKnight Biography

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Born: 1969/06/05
Birth Place: Buffalo, New York, United States
Years Active: 1988-present
Genres: R&B, Soul, Quiet Storm

Brian McKnight (born June 5, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, and R&B musician, as well as currently hosting his own evening talk show. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays ten instruments: piano, keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, drums, percussion, trombone, tuba, French horn and trumpet.

By the age of 19, he'd signed his first recording deal with Mercury Records subsidiary, Wing Records. In 1992, “Brian McKnight” was released and was followed by two more albums for Mercury, 1995's “I Remember You” and 1997's “Anytime.” “Anytime” sold over two million copies and was nominated for a Grammy. It was also his last album with Mercury Records. By 1998, McKnight had moved on to Motown Records. The single "You Should Be Mine (Don't Waste Your Time)" became his biggest hit in four years, peaking at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100. It featured rapper Mase, whose own career was at its peak during 1997. The song "Anytime" was an even bigger hit, reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay Chart in May 1998.

In 1999, McKnight released “Back at One” (his second release from Motown; after the Christmas album “Bethlehem”), which sold over three million copies. Certified triple platinum in the US, the album is his best-selling album with McKnight at the height of his career. The single "Back at One" was a #2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. spending eight weeks at that position.

Throughout his career he has collaborated with a variety of musicians including Mariah Carey, Mase, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Ivete Sangalo, Kirk Franklin, For Real, Canibus, Quincy Jones, Boyz II Men, Christina Aguilera, Regine Velasquez, Shoshana Bean, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Rascal Flatts, Talib Kweli, MJG Josh Groban (on his 2007 #1 Christmas album “Noël”), Justin Bieber, Ashley "Awesome" Speelman and CeCe Peniston.

McKnight holds a record, having received 16 Grammy nominations without a win.