Saturday, March 22, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Brian McKnight
Brian McKnight is a very popular R & B singer songwriter. He had some hits on Mercury in the mid-90s and switched to Warner Bros. a couple of years ago. He has a new CD sceduled for release in 2008. He was born June 5, 1969 in Buffalo. He grew up singing in the church choir. His grandfather was choir director. He secured a publishing deal by age 18. His older brother Claude McKnight is a member of the gospel group Take 6. Claude suggested that Brian should send out demos and one of those demos got the attention of Mercury Records president Ed Eckstine (son of Billy Eckstine). McKnight was signed and his breakthrough was the duet with Vanessa Williams called Love Is that appeared on Beverly Hills 90210. 1997's Anytime was McKnight's third album. Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs was brought in to produce and a lot of the songs are McKnight compositions. You Should Be Mine got a lot of attention in the clubs but Anytime is a more typical McKnight ballad. He's an excellent singer. Then McKnight was moved to Motown when MCA Universal acquired Mercury as part of the PolyGram takeover. They turned Mercury into a country label. It's funny because Mercury had a long history in black music going back to the 40s. He's continued to have success but moved to Warner Bros. with the 2006 CD Ten. His new CD Life Has Changed is scheduled for release in 2008. He has also played basketball for the Ontario Warriors of the ABA and is a regular on the celebrity basketball circuit in Los Angeles. He made his Broadway debut last fall in the musical Chicago and he has a radio program on KTWV The Wave in Los Angeles. Brian McKnight is divorced and has two sons. Here's the video for Anytime by Brian McKnight.