Brian McKnight Performs for Charity Event

STORY BY Reyne Hirsch

Published: July 23, 2013

Los Angeles is about to get a treat when Brian McKnight takes the stage on August 1st at the Music Centers Walt Disney Concert Hall.  McKnight will be performing for the Koreatown Youth & Community Centers 12th Annual Benefit Concert.

McKnight recently released his latest single “Sweeter” off his 14th studio album. 

Watch the official “Sweeter” music video here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73FUnUC3oDU

I caught up with Brian recently to discuss his new album, “More Than Words” and his upcoming charitable work…

Brian McKnight 

RH:  “Sweeter” is your latest single off your 14th studio album, More Than Words.  14 albums…can you believe it’s been that long?  Where do you find inspiration for new songs?

BM:   I’ve never been one to sit on someone’s couch and talk about my problems.  Writing music is my kind of therapy.  It’s a way to release things from my system.  With all I have wrapped up inside and around me, I have enough material for 100 more albums!  Music is just another automatic part of me much like breathing is to others.   

RH: You have collaborated with some of the music industry’s biggest names: Quincy Jones, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake…Tell me about someone that maybe was new to the scene at a time you worked with them that you felt would be around for the long haul?

BM:  There were 2 people.  I met Usher when he was about 14 yrs old.  I was working on a project for a movie soundtrack similar to Michael Jackson’s “We are the World”.  It had every young R&B male singer working on it. Usher had just signed his record deal and I was told I have to give him a line.  I did, and the rest as they say is history.  The other great newcomer was Justin Timberlake. I met him on the set of the Mickey Mouse club when he was 13.  I was a guest performer. It amazes me how many people were there that day that are huge stars now. 

RH: On August 1st you are doing a charity performance in Los Angeles at the Disney Concert Hall benefitting the Koreatown Youth and Community Center. Tell me more about that.

BM:  I look forward to any chance I get to give back to the community.  It’s not easy as I am on the road often, so I jump at any chance, especially when there is music involved.  Not just anyone is invited to perform at the Disney Concert Hall. The night of the event I will be working with the Koreatown youth orchestra.  Also performing is David Benoit, Five-time Grammy Nominee; Yoon-Hee Kim, classic violinist; and Sandra Nam, classic pianist. No pressure there! This is my only second time performing there.

More about the charity event: http://vimeo.com/69506804

The Koreatown Youth & Community Center is doing great things in the community so please come out and support the cause!

Recently, McKnight launched his own cause “McKnight 360 Foundation” helping kids learn more about music.

 

Visit his website for more information:  www. bmcknight.com

Follow him on:

https://www.facebook.com/brianmcknight

https://twitter.com/itsbmcknight

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