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Jakarta Post

Brian McKnight: Good for the soul

  • Dian Kuswandini


Jakarta   /   Fri, March 13 2009   /  01:50 pm

(JP/Arief Suhardiman) Whether romance for you is about smiles or tears, soul singer Brian McKnight knows how to tug at your heartstrings and put you in the mood. “Every song I make shows who I am,” the crooner says, adding, “I just flush everything out of my heart when making music.” With his lyrics composed like a romance novel, and a velvety voice in the tradition of Stevie Wonder and Nat King Cole, 40-year-old McKnight might be labeled a balladeer, but becoming a pop heartthrob was not his childhood dream.
“In my family, being a musician is pretty much predestined – it has never been something special. Everyone plays [music], everybody sings. Music is just part of who we are,” says McKnight, whose older brother Claude formed the Grammy-winning gospel a cappella group Take 6.
Despite his musical family and his own skills – he can...