Brian McKnight Quotes


I was a nerd academically. But I was also an athlete and a musician. I never wanted to be shut out of any situation. I think it was that more than anything.

It doesn't matter the genre or type of art if it's authentic there's an apparent beauty to it and as an artist that's very inspiring.

I grew up in a time where anything was possible.

I decided I am not going to say things I do not mean anymore.

Every song that I've done is me in one way or another.

I think I've tried to stay true to my music since the beginning. It's kind of hard because of the access and technology but I just do what I do.

I hope at some point in my career when my name is mentioned someone will say "Oh yeah he has a good song!" I'd be happy with that.

There's no substitute to being successful on an actual chart.

I was probably six years old when I first sang before an audience.

By 17 I had a whole band that would go in and play. It was called Spontaneous Inventions after a Bobby McFerrin album.

I've always been serious about music. After you've done it for so many years you get back to the basics.

I am just like all the jerks and idiots you know. I am just a guy that watches sports all day.

I am just a guy that watches sports all day.

I listen to all kinds of songs. There's something to be learned from every type of music and from the one making it whether it's pop or jazz or hip-hop.

I write about moments and I don't make blanket statements about anything because no one has all the answers; nobody's come up with a foolproof way to do anything when it comes to emotions.

My fans are the best in the world! They've grown up with me and stayed with me through this entire journey.

You'd hear Willie Nelson then Earth Wind & Fire then Chicago then Billy Joel on the same radio station. Nowadays everything is compartmentalized.

I am at my core a singer/songwriter a la James Taylor or a la Billy Joel. It's not that I don't want to work with people but I do just love doing my own thing.

I was brought up to be a gentleman. That means you know how to walk talk and dress the part.

I kind of hate the fact that people are always trying to put you into a category. I hate walls and I hate boundaries. I don't like that. I listen to everything.

I just want people to take a step back take a deep breath and actually look at something with a different perspective. But most people will never do that.

It's just exciting to be part of something that is brand-new.

It feels really great to be popular.

Everything I have now is so real so vivid.

I used to play pianos in bars. You know in hotels you'd see guys playing piano with a snifter? That was me with a painted-on mustache. I was about 15.

I just want to be as creative as I possibly can.

I've worked with jazz artists country artists classical artists pop artists. I never wanted there to be categories because when I was a kid there weren't.

Whenever I fill out the job description I put 'songwriter' never 'singer' or 'artist.' Singers come and go.

Lionel Richie told me forget about the critics. But if you come back with hit after hit you don't have to worry about anything.

I think I'd have to say my favorite IWC. They have been around for so long and the craftsmanship is top notch. A watch maker that has been in business over 100 years has to know what they are doing.

I'm creating music - it doesn't matter if anyone else likes it.

I don't care how small the game. I want to win.

It is great to have your own label; you can cultivate your own artists... I've worked with pretty much everyone I wanted to.

Music used to be essential and meaningful but now it's disposable.

The hardest thing to do in this business is to still be around. When music changes when labels' resources have dried up it becomes harder and harder to continue to make a living at this.

A lot of musicians put diamonds on things to show they had money. I on the other had felt that Daytona showed I had style and I didn't need to be flashy.

A fine timepiece is part of dressing like a gentleman. When I first made a little money I bought my first watch which was a Rolex Daytona. It was just one of those things that said I was successful.

I started as a writer and when I sent my demos out everyone wanted to know who was singing and if that person wanted a record deal.

I do not wear my emotions on my sleeve; I write about them.

I've been a jazz artist playing pop and R&B my entire career.

Stevie didn't use the technology to drive the song. He used it to enhance. I use the tools to further my work I don't use my work to further the tools.

The guy comes up to the plate there's always a chance where he can get a grand slam and everybody forgets about all the times he missed.

When it's your chance to step up to the plate just hit it out of the park and everybody will forget about everything that came before.

I'm probably the furthest from being romantic that you've ever seen; I'm not even close to being romantic in any way until I have to be.

I'm the fifth generation of Seventh Day Adventists and the youngest of four brothers. When I was still very small we formed a gospel quartet.

He knows I rip him off every day. He's the godfather for me. Nobody can say they aren't influenced by what Stevie Wonder has done.

I hate the pigeonholing that's happened in the music business in the last 30 years.

I'll always write music. Whether I release a record whether I let the public hear it or not I'm always writing music.

I'm never satisfied with what I do.

There's only one thing that everyone in this world has in common: whether you want to love somebody and you want to be loved in return.

I am a writer - that is what I am before being a performer or musician. I love waking up in the morning and then going to sleep that night with something that did not exist.

People don't like when you point out to them and remind them that they're not very smart.

For me able to do the records I want to do and not have to worry about this producer or that producer or that trend I'm not really interested in that.

You know most of my career I wrote about moments in time. All of us have felt one thing or another and it didn't last very long. Now I'm drawing from real experience. It's a huge difference.

When somebody shows up and they believe in you it makes all the difference.

Know the business; you need to know the business side of things.