R&B sensation and multi-award winning singer-songwriter Brian McKnight will return to New Zealand this October with his full live band at the Auckland's ASB Theatre and at the Wellington's Opera House. Off the back the great tours in 2011 and 2013 where his performances garnered rave reviews, Brian will be touring his ultimate classics along with celebrating his new album Better (out now via Brian McKnight Music).
‘One of the greatest singer-songwriters of our time’ – The AU Review
‘Brian McKnight proves that everything develops better with time. Better is a refreshing collection of soulful RnB grooves’ – Renowned for Sound
‘McKnight ’s voice is still smooth as silk. He is one of those musicians that only gets “better” with age.’ – Digital Journal
Born in Buffalo, New York, McKnight was 19 when he signed his first record deal with Mercury Records, releasing his self-titled album which features Top 20 single ’One Last Cry'. Over the span of more than two decades, Brian McKnight has sold over 30 million records worldwide.
This album was followed shortly after that by albums I Remember You (1995) and Anytime (1997), which collectively sold over two million copies in the US alone and received a mountain of critical acclaim. In 1999, McKnight released Back at One, his most successful album which went on to sell over three million copies in the US alone. It featured the massive single ‘Back at One’ which sat at #2 on the Billboard chart for eight weeks. McKnight went on to sign with Motown Records, releasing five albums, and now releases his new music independently through his own label Brian McKnight Music.
In addition to 16 Grammy nominations, McKnight has been nominated for American Music Awards and Soul Train Music Awards and has also collaborated with the likes of Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake and Australia’s very own Guy Sebastian.
Bringing it back to basics, Better features all real instruments with zero autotune - McKnight himself describing it as “completely organic”. Inspired by his current relationship and finally finding “the one”, the album is McKnight’s most advanced work to date. Featuring songs like ‘Uh Oh Feeling’ and ‘Better’, it is an authentic album that serves as a reminder of how truly talented McKnight is.
Ticketholders should expect to hear McKnight’s smooth as silk vocals draped over a mesmerising display of incredible musicianship in a multi-instrumentalist show. McKnight can play nine instruments, including piano, guitar and bass, and is unafraid to dive into his 16-album deep archive. Watch Brian’s stunning live performance of ‘One Last Cry’ here.
‘McKnight knew how to give the crowd exactly what they wanted, even before his most universally cherished numbers made their appearance.’ – The AU Review
‘Legendary crooner Brian McKnight brought his full musicianship force’ – Yahoo News
Don’t miss out on An Evening With Brian McKnight this October. Fans will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to secure a premium Meet & Greet package and are urged to secure their tickets early to avoid missing out on what will be a touching and unforgettable night.