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.— Brian McKnight
The most off-limits Brian McKnight quotes that will inspire your inner self
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.
Jazz is all about improvisation and it's about the moment in time, doing it this way now, and you'll never do it this way twice. I've studied the masters. Why would I want to play ball after the guys who sit on a bench? I want to play like Michael Jordan.
I'm not like a legend that - so I'm sort of in the middle in this sort of gray area where, you know, I'm creating music and I'm not saying there isn't an audience because there is because all of those people go out and spend $80 to $150 on a concert ticket.
Most of the stuff I learned to play, I learned in high school.
I had a band in high school, a jazz-fusion thing, and I was the keyboard player. I was interested in how the instruments worked and the theory behind playing with them.
People don't like when you point out to them and remind them that they're not very smart.
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.
Back in college, when I got kicked out of school, I was still in school, I'd just written the song that got me my record deal. If I hadn't gotten kicked out of school I wouldn't be where I am now. Three months after that, I got my record deal and the rest is history.
Every little kid that steps on the court or the field has aspirations to go pro.
I think being a pro basketball player is the best job. The thing I had to realize was that I can't do every dream that I have.
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.
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.
I'm creating music - it doesn't matter if anyone else likes it.
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.
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.
It's just exciting to be part of something that is brand-new.
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.
I'm constantly being courted by labels and their backing.
Obviously the market is there when you talk about the economics and the numbers, but it's hard to give up the freedom of being able to do whatever you want.
You can't listen to what people who aren't musical have to say.
When Anytime was released, I had bad reviews, and at first I was hurt. Your songs are like your children. You don't want to hear, 'Your kid is ugly.' But I knew the record was good and it would sell.
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 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.
Every song that I've done is me in one way or another.
There's no substitute to being successful on an actual chart.
I've always been serious about music.
After you've done it for so many years, you get back to the basics.
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 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.
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 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 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 went back and listened to the first three albums I made and tried to figure out what was special about them, why people keep going back to them. I think it was because I didn't know what I was doing. I had no idea if they were going to play it on the radio or anything. All I did was write songs, so that's what I got back to.
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.
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 wanted to put jazz on the record, all the loves of music that I had on the record, so I could show people I was ahead of my 19 years. It may have been over the heads of some people.
I decided I am not going to say things I do not mean anymore.
I'll always write music. Whether I release a record, whether I let the public hear it or not, I'm always writing music.
When somebody shows up and they believe in you, it makes all the difference.
I'm never satisfied with what I do.
I do not wear my emotions on my sleeve; I write about them.
I kinda went back to that period between '88 and '94 where I felt like I was the most creative, without being hindered by powers that be. I was no longer going to try to hinder myself to what I thought was going to be on the radio.
Music used to be essential and meaningful, but now it's disposable.
I just want to be as creative as I possibly can.
My fans are the best in the world! They've grown up with me and stayed with me through this entire journey.
It feels really great to be popular.
Everything I have now is so real, so vivid.
As I've gotten older, now I've really got to back that up with record sales.
Anytime showed me that I could still have some of those elements I wanted, but you still have to come with hit after hit after hit.
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.
It is great to have your own label; you can cultivate your own artists I've worked with pretty much everyone I wanted to.
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.
Whenever I fill out the job description I put 'songwriter,' never 'singer' or 'artist.' Singers come and go.
I was probably six years old when I first sang before an audience.
I think they can co-exist. You don't have to put one down for another. I've been bitten by the acting bug, and where it takes me, it won't take away from the music.