英 文 名：Brian McKnight
中 文 名：布莱恩•麦克奈特
出 生 地：Buffalo, New York，United States（美国纽约布法罗）
唱片公司: Mercury（水星）1988-1997Motown（摩城）1998-2005Warner Bros.（华纳兄弟）2006-2008E1 Music（E1音乐）2009至今
Brian McKnight的音乐生涯是从喜欢音乐的儿童时代开始的，在那时他加入了基督教堂唱诗班。由于受到哥哥Claude组建的乐队“take 6”得到一份唱片合约的激励，McKnigh寄出了他的演示磁带，并且在19岁时同Mercury Records（水银唱片）的下属公司Wing Records（羽翼唱片）签定了他的第一份唱片合约。在1992年，在Mercury Records完成自己唱片的录制之后，发行了第一张同名专辑《Brian McKnight》。接着在Mercury Records发行了三张以上唱片后，转投到了Motown Records（汽车城唱片）。
在1999年，McKnight发行了在Motown Records公司继圣诞专辑《Bethlehem》之后的个人第二张专辑《back at one》，这张专辑发行在之后，销售量超过300万张。在McKnight的整个职业生涯之中，同很多音乐家合作过，其中包括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, Shoshana Bean, Mariah Carey, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Rascal Flatts , Josh Groban (在2007年#1圣诞专辑《Noël》里)。
他在歌坛的声望和地位确立之后，Mercury唱片公司决定不再延误，及时推出他的第三张专辑《Anytime》。这张专辑的制作过程中也不乏一些颇为响亮的名字，如Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs(制作人)、Ma$e(说唱表演)以及Mary J. Blige和Diane Warren(词曲作者)。这张唱片中首先值得一提的是在美国歌曲排行榜上排在第17位的《You Should Be Mine (Don’t Waste Your Time)》，这首歌由Ma$e演唱，目的是为了把希普霍普音乐的听众的注意力吸引到McKnight的作品上来，扩大他的歌迷阵容。然而这首单曲并不能代表这张唱片中的大部分内容，这张唱片中大部分还是较为成熟的蓝调音乐和浪漫的民谣，这些才是McKnight才能的真正体现。《Anytime》的推出也收到很好的回报，这张唱片进入了排行榜的前20名。McKnight后来转向与Motown唱片公司合作录制他的圣诞节专辑《Bethlehem》。接着推出的专辑《Back At One》获得了极大的成功，标题曲在美国热门歌曲100首中连续几周排在第2位。
2004年，McKnight和澳洲灵魂音乐人Guy Sebastian一起创作了专辑《Beautiful Life》中的一首单曲《 Wait 》。
McKnight唱歌的发音方式集合了Stevie Wonder (特别是尾音的使用上), Michael Sembello, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, 还有Take 6乐队创始人他的哥哥Claude V. McKnight。他还有超常的模仿其他歌手音色和风格的能力，这些歌手像Nat King Cole, Stevie Wonder, Prince。
McKnight在洛杉矶的KTWV The Wave（KTWV波浪电台），和Pat Prescott一起主持一档广播节目《The Brian McKnight Morning Show》（《布莱恩•麦克奈特早间秀》）。这档节目是在美国当地时间早6点到9点，休斯顿和德克萨斯的KHJZ-FM，Smooth Jazz 95.7 The Wave（KHJZ的电台和波浪95.7柔情爵士乐）电台电视节目联播的，而这个KHJZ广播台现已经改变了其节目编排。
在2009年，McKnight将出现在《Celebrity Apprentice》（《飞黄腾达》/《学徒》）第二季中。在节目里，每一个名流都要为其最喜欢的慈善团体捐款，而McKnight已经选择了代言Youthville USA（美国贫困儿童基金会，一家致力于改善贫困儿童生活的慈善机构）。在2009年1月26日，McKnight主持了纽约98.7 KISS FM （98.7 亲吻调频）晚七点到午夜的《The Brian McKnight show》（《布莱恩•麦克奈特秀》）节目。
同年10月发行录音室专辑《Evolution of a Man》。
2013年发行专辑《More Than Words》。
2015年8月发行单曲《Uh Oh Feeling》。
Life and career
Brian McKnight (born June 5, 1969) is an American R&B singer-songwriter, arranger, producer, and musician. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays eight instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet. He is one of the very few leggiero tenors in the pop genre. McKnight is perhaps most recognized for his strong falsetto and belting range. McKnight's work has earned him 16 Grammy Awards nominations, though he has never won. He is second only to Snoop Dogg for the record of most Grammy nominations without a win.
McKnight was born in Buffalo, New York. His musical career began in childhood when he became a member of his church choir.
In 1990, McKnight's older brother, Claude McKnight III, and his band, Take 6, signed a record deal with Warner Brothers. This encouraged McKnight to shop his own demo tapes and 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 his self-titled debut peaked at fifty-eight in the ‘Billboard’ 200 chart, which primarily featured the ballad (and top twenty single) "One Last Cry". It was followed by two more albums for Mercury, 1995's I Remember You and 1997's ‘Anytime. Anytime’, McKnight's final album with Mercury, sold over two million copies and was nominated for a Grammy. The video for "Anytime", directed by Darren Grant, was nominated for Best Male Video at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards. In 1997, McKnight recorded "Remember the Magic" for Disney World's 25th anniversary.
McKnight signed with Motown in 1998 and released the Christmas album ‘Bethlehem’, the first of five albums he released on Motown. In 1999, McKnight released ‘Back at One’, his most successful album to date, which eventually went on to sell over 3 million copies. Also "Back at One" is one of four of McKnight's studio albums to reach the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, reaching to #7 on October 9, 1999.
In 2004, McKnight co-wrote with Australian Soul artist Guy Sebastian the song "Wait", off Sebastian's ‘Beautiful Life’ album.
In October 2007, McKnight made his Broadway debut in the show Chicago.
From 2006 to 2010 he hosted a radio show, ‘The Brian McKnight Morning Show’ with Pat Prescott on KTWV The Wave in Los Angeles, CA. The show was briefly simulcast on KHJZ-FM, Smooth Jazz 95.7 The Wave in Houston, TX from 6AM-9AM CST.
On January 26, 2009, McKnight hosted "The Brian McKnight Show" from 7PM-Midnight on 98.7 KISS FM in New York City.
In 2009, he appeared in the second season of Celebrity Apprentice. Each celebrity played to raise money for the charity of his or her choice; McKnight elected to play for Youthville USA.
From September 2009 to 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, aired in syndication. The show was cancelled on May 29, 2010 after one season.
On March 31, 2011 McKnight sang the National Anthem for MLB Opening Day in Cincinnati, Ohio with his sons Brian, Jr. and Niko. He had previously sung the National Anthem for the 1997 NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland, Ohio, Game 6 of the 2002 World Series in Anaheim, California, near his Los Angeles home, and the 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Detroit. McKnight has also made numerous other "National Anthem" appearances throughout his career. On October 22, 2012 McKnight sang "God Bless America" in the 7th inning of Game 7 of the National League Champion Series in San Francisco, California.
On April 23, 2012 McKnight posted to YouTube "If You're Ready To Learn", which has been characterized by Billboard as a "filthy jam." Billboard selected this lyric from the work to quote: "Let me show you how your p—y works/Since you didn't bring it to me first." Other media outlets such as MTV, the Toronto Sun, and ‘New Media Rock stars’ have also written about McKnight's recent, more adult-oriented efforts.Shortly after the single's release, McKnight and known humor website "Funny or Die" revealed that the single was a collaboration between the two parties. McKnight would later explain that he wrote the parody as a commentary on the state of R&B, which he noted was in a period of degradation overall with famous radio station 98.7 Kiss FM shuttering and hit singles being inferior quality music, among other ailments.
On August 14, 2015 McKnight released the single "Uh Oh Feeling" as the first track to be taken from his upcoming studio album ‘Better’, which will be released on his own label Brian McKnight Music LLC via Kobalt Label Services."Better" was released on February 26, 2016, the album was followed by positive reviews including fan comments retweeted via McKnight's Twitter profile.
Single “Everything” was released in July 2016.