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Interview:
Brian McKnight at Sound Board, 3 Things to Know
 

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

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Brian McKnight turns 50 in June, and he certainly won't be looking back on much wasted time.



Since the 1992 release of his self-titled debut, the R&B singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist has released 13 studio albums -- five with Motown -- and has been nominated for 16 Grammy Awards. Ge's also racked up hits such as "Back At One," "Love Is" and "One Last Cry," and he's been a featured guest on recordings by Boyz II Men, Will Smith, Juvenile, Earth, Wind & Fire and others.



McKnight has more coming, too, with a new single, "When I'm Gone," and an album, "Bedtime Story," due out in June...



McKnight says by phone from Los Angeles that his "Bedtime Story" album is exactly what the title suggestions. "It's a whole album of lovemaking songs -- 60 minutes of lovemaking music. Most people might need only seven or 11 minutes (laughs) but I'm giving you 60 just in case. The hardest part about making this album was to have every single song be the exact same tempo; I think when you're in the middle of lovemaking you don't want to change your rhythm, right? Maybe you do, but how I sequence this will be the hardest part."



McKnight's perspective on his lengthy career is that it's for other people to determine rather than him. "I don't really have much to say about it; I like to sit back and see what other people have to say. Hopefully I've done something that people in this world like, but I like to believe that once I write songs they're not really mine. I've written them for the world, and it's up to the people to decide what kind of live they're going to have. Hopefully my epitaph will read, 'Here lies Brian McKnight, and he wrote some pretty good songs.' That would make me happy."



As he prepares to turn 50, McKnight notes that he still plays golf every day, but he's actually contemplating retirement from the music world. "It's not happening yet, but I'm getting to the point where I feel I want to be retired. It's getting close. My favorite thing in the world to do is nothing. I've been doing this since 19, so after 30 years in (music) I feel like I'm reaching retirement age. My wife and I love to do everything together but we both have different careers so this will give us more time together."



Brian McKnight performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Sound Board in the MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. $45 and up. 1-866-782-9622 or visit soundboarddetroit.com.

Web Site: www.soundboarddetroit.com

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