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Brian McKnight at Sound Board, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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For a guy with Brian McKnight’s history, “Genesis” was an interesting album title last year.

The Buffalo native, now based in Los Angeles, has been releasing music for 26 years, with three platinum albums and nine Top 10 R&B singles to his credit. He also hosted a syndicated radio show and a late night talk show, and he appeared on the second season of “Celebrity Apprentice.”

His career is clearly well past the genesis stage, but McKnight, 48, considers everything a new beginning, including an album he’s working on now...

• McKnight says by phone that releasing albums these days “I don’t have those expectations anymore to say, ‘Ooh, I wonder what this is gonna do?’ Considering that we’ve put out four different (singles) from this record which have all done really, really well, I don’t know if I expected that. Being in this business as long as I have you can get jaded and have your ups and downs, but I’m really pleased with how it’s done considering what the landscape’s like out there.

• McKnight released five albums with Motown between 1995-2005 and feels a sense of pride being associated with the legendary label. “I don’t think what Motown was in the 90s was what they were from the 60s and 70s,” he says. “It wasn’t the same Motown, but we did a lot of great things -- what Boyz II Men did, what I did, other artists at that particular time. There was a cache being on Motown as a name, and I think we carried on that legacy.”

• McKnight is currently writing songs for a new album, tentatively titled “Bedtime Story,” that he hopes to have recorded and ready for release later this year. “I decided to create 60 minutes of music just for the bedroom -- 60 minutes of ‘Go for it!’” he says with a laugh. “So many people have said, ‘You should make a whole record of baby-making music,’ which is what I’m known for, anyway. Nobody cares much about my uptempos, anyway. This is my first chance to do it, so right now I’m just writing songs and I’ll get into the production of it in a couple months.”

If You Go

• Brian McKnight

• 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 9.

• Sound Board in the Motor City Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit.

• Tickets are $45-$58.

• Call 313-309-4614 or visit soundboarddetroit.com.

Web Site: www.soundboarddetroit.com

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