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Brian McKnight Likes To Keep Things Busy

Of the Oakland Press

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During the past year, Brian McKnight released a new album, “Ten,” and scored the Tyler Perry film “Daddy’s Little Girl.” He recently met with Sony Pictures to start working on “four or five” movie scores a year and plans to launch his own TV talk show in the near future.

And in November, he’s slated to play Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of “Chicago.”

So it’s unlikely anyone will complain about the R&B singer-songwriter-producer’s work ethic.

“I’ve always stressed the fact I can do all these things at the same time,” says the Buffalo-born McKnight, 37. “I said to my managers, ‘I want to work nonstop for the next three years, then take an entire year off. Make that happen.’ So that’s what we’re doing.”

And during that year off ?

“I’ll just travel — travel ’cause I want to, not ’cause I’m working,” McKnight says. “You may look up and find me washed up on a beach somewhere I’ve never been, just because I can.”

Until then, however, expect to see his name popping up in all manners of media, though he’s most excited about the TV show.

“It’ll be nighttime and fun and skew a little younger,” McKnight says.

“Since Arsenio (Hall) left the airwaves, I’ve felt there’s a void in what’s available at night — not that the other shows aren’t good, but I think there’s an audience out there that’s being missed.

“That’s where I come in. It’ll be guests and music, gadgets, cars, fashion — everything. I liken it to allowing every man to be behind the velvet rope. I can’t wait to do it.”

Brian McKnight and Sunshine Anderson perform 8 p.m. Saturday (May 5th) at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Tickets are $39.50-$89.50. Call (313) 471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.

Web Site: www.olympiaentertainment.com

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