Brian McKnight: Three Careers
Critics have called superstar
singer Brian McKnight "smooth as silk sheets"
and "lover boy," and "Extra"
got the chance to visit Brian inside his amazing
Los Angeles mansion, where we learned Brian has
plenty of reasons to celebrate.
McKnight's latest album, "Gemini," is
historic for him. "It's the biggest debut
I've had," he revealed.
But what you might not know is that the velvet-voiced
singer is as much an athlete as he is a musician,
playing pro-basketball as part of a summertime
league in Los Angeles that tours the world.
"I went to China, had a roommate, we stayed
in crappy hotels, and I made $25 a game,"
Brian bragged jokingly.
But music has been a lot more lucrative for Brian.
He's been in the music world for 17 years and
sold 16 million albums, affording him his beautiful
home complete with a putting green and infinity
pool. "Life is good," he said simply.
"I can't complain. I have something to leave
So in this world of hip hop and rap, why do people
still gravitate to McKnight's music? "I think
one of the reasons is people have grown up with
me, I started doing this at 18," Brian said.
And now, McKnight is entering another phase in
his life -- that of a burgeoning broadcaster for
none other than "Extra." So far, he's
reported for us from the Grammys and several other
big music events, so how does he like it? "When
Britney walks up to you with the dog and she wants
to talk to you, it just makes you feel so good,"
And if he had to choose, what would it be: athlete,
singer or broadcaster?
"There's nothing as rewarding as writing
a song at your most solitary, lonely moment and
then playing it on stage with thousands of people
and they all know it," McKnight decided.