Fans of soul music can catch multi award winning singer Brian McKnight in concert at Carnival City Festival Lawns on Saturday, September 19.
As an artist who needs no introduction, McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history. He has released 15 albums to date, with several going two and three times platinum. The artist has sold over 30 million albums worldwide in total.
In addition to being a singer, songwriter and producer, McKnight has also hosted ‘Soul Session Countdown with Brian McKnight’ on BETJ. In addition, ‘The Brian McKnight Morning Show’ on KTWV the Wave Smooth Jazz radio station, was a Top 5 rated show two years running. In 2009 Brian started hosting his own radio show ‘The Brian McKnight Show’ which ran in over 60 markets and was syndicated through ABC Radio. McKnight also hosted his own nationally syndicated TV show ‘The Brian McKnight Show’, which was syndicated in over 200 markets.
McKnight has also used his vast industry knowledge as a red carpet host for Extra! In 2007, McKnight stepped into Broadway with a successful run as Billy Flynn in ‘Chicago’. He was also a contestant on the Donald Trump hit show ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ and toured the US in 2009 in the play ‘Cheaper to Keep Her’ with Vivica A. Fox.
Born in Buffalo, New York, McKnight’s musical career began in childhood when he became a member of his church choir and a bandleader for his high school, Sweet Home High School. By the age of 19, he signed his first recording deal with Mercury Records. In 1992, his self-titled album ‘Brian McKnight’ was released, followed by ‘I Remember You’ (1995) and ‘Anytime’ (1997). The latter release sold over two million copies and was nominated for a Grammy. In 1999 McKnight released ‘Back at One’ on Motown Records, which sold over three million copies.
During his career, McKnight has worked with Quincy Jones, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Diddy, Christina Aguilera, Rascal Flatts, Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Willie Nelson and Kenny G.
Along with 16 Grammy nominations, McKnight has been the recipient of American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, NAACP Image and Blockbuster Awards, and Billboard Songwriter of The Year.
McKnight released his soulful 16th album ‘Better’ in August this year. “I’m taking it back to basics,” McKnight explains of the new album. “Creating music like we did 20 years ago – completely organic, all real instruments. The truth is, I’m in love and love makes us better; it makes us come alive, and I wanted to convey that through this album in a very relatable, authentic way.”
*The concert will kick off at 7pm and is expected to last for 90 minutes.
Tickets from R295 can be booked at Computicket and Shoprite Checkers outlets.