AN EVENING WITH BRIAN MCKNIGHT - Wellington
Saturday, 15 October 2016
Opera House, The
Illusive and Frontier Touring are thrilled to confirm that R&B sensation and multi-award winning singer-songwriter Brian McKnight will return to Australia and New Zealand this October with his full live band. Off the back of two sold-out Australian 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).
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 thereafter 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 auto tune - 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 mesmerizing display of incredible musicianship in a multi-instrumentalist show. McKnight is able to 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.
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