30 Facts About Brian McKnight


Brian Kelly McKnight was born on June 5,1969 and is an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, radio host and multi-instrumentalist.


Brian McKnight is most recognized for his strong head voice, high belting range and melisma.


Brian McKnight's work has earned him 16 Grammy Awards nominations, third only to Zubin Mehta and Snoop Dogg for the record of most Grammy nominations without a win.


Brian McKnight explored different genres of music, and in his early teens, he started musical ambitions by composing instrumental material while learning to play several instruments.


Brian McKnight formed a band and began performing his original songs at local venues.


McKnight's older brother, Claude V McKnight III, signed a record deal with Warner Brothers subsidiary Reprise Records in 1987, Releasing their self-titled debut in the Spring of 1988.


Brian McKnight's self-titled debut album Brian McKnight was released in 1992, and peaked at number 58 on the Billboard 200 chart.


In 1997, Brian McKnight recorded "Remember the Magic" for Walt Disney World's 25th anniversary.


Brian McKnight signed with Motown in 1998 and released a Christmas album, Bethlehem, the first of five albums he released on Motown.


In 1998, Brian McKnight was a guest star on the show Sister Sister.


Brian McKnight appeared in multiple episodes, as Tia and Tamera's college professor.


In 1999, Brian McKnight released Back at One, his most successful album to date, which eventually went on to sell over three million copies.


In 2004, Brian McKnight co-wrote the song "Wait" with Australian soul artist Guy Sebastian, which appeared on Sebastian's Beautiful Life album.


In October 2007, Brian McKnight made his Broadway debut in the show Chicago.


Between 2006 and 2010, McKnight hosted The Brian McKnight Morning Show, a radio show with Pat Prescott on KTWV The Wave in Los Angeles.


In January 2009, McKnight hosted "The Brian McKnight Show" on 98.7 KISS FM in New York City.


In 2009, Brian McKnight appeared in the eighth season of Celebrity Apprentice.


Between September 2009 and May 2010, McKnight served as the media personality and hosted The Brian McKnight Show, a late night talk show billed as a combination of talk and variety which aired in syndication.


Brian McKnight had previously sung the National Anthem for the 1997 NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland, Game 6 of the 2002 World Series in Anaheim, California, and the 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Detroit.


Brian McKnight has made numerous other "National Anthem" appearances throughout his career.


Additionally, Brian McKnight sang "God Bless America" in the 7th inning of Game 7 of the National League Champion Series in San Francisco on October 22,2012.


Shortly after the single's release, Brian McKnight and Funny or Die revealed that the single was a collaboration between the two.


In January 2018, Brian McKnight was nominated for two NAACP Image Awards.


Brian McKnight was nominated for Outstanding Male Artist and Outstanding Album for Genesis.


In May 2018, Brian McKnight announced he was working on his next studio album tentatively titled Bedtime Story, which would be 60 minutes of music "for the bedroom aka baby-making music".


In 2021, Brian McKnight competed on The Masked Singer spin-off The Masked Dancer as "Cricket".


Brian McKnight was married in 1990 to singer-songwriter and his college sweetheart, Julie Brian McKnight.


Brian McKnight has a daughter he fathered while married to Julie and a son from previous relationships.


Brian McKnight's grandfather was a pastor of a church, and his mother played the piano and sang in a gospel choir in Buffalo's Emanuel Temple.


Brian McKnight attended Oakwood College, a Seventh-day Adventist university in Huntsville, Alabama, from 1987 to 1989.