An Evening with Brian McKnight at Paris

Oct 30, 2001 2:19 AM

Brian McKnight has it all ”” good looks, smoldering sex appeal, smooth sophistication and an abundance of talent. He brings every bit of this to Paris Las Vegas on Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. For ticket information, call (702) 946-4567 or (877) 374-7469.

There are many words used to describe Brian McKnight. Singer. Songwriter. Arranger. Producer. Perhaps the word that best sums up Brian is one that is simple, but frequently misused””Musician. Brian McKnight is a musician. In an age of fly by night celebrities and flashy flashes in the pan, Brian McKnight has maintained an artistic excellence.

Brian McKnight has been elevating the game since his eponymous 1992 debut. That album yielded the smash “One Last Cry” and went platinum. In addition, Brian’s production work on Vanessa Williams’ Comfort Zone earned him acclaim. Later that year Vanessa and Brian would record the Top 5 single “Love Is” which appeared on the Beverly Hills 90210 Soundtrack.

“At age four, I learned to sing seated on my mother’s lap in the alto section of the choir,” says McKnight. “My mother is a fine singer and good gospel pianist. My grandfather was minister of music.”

“My childhood,” McKnight continues, “was a happy combination of the Platters and Nat Cole, Woody Herman and Gino Vannelli. My brothers loved sophisticated multi-leveled music ”” they loved Steely Dan, for example, and I inherited that appreciation from the get-go. They’d come home with albums by the Four Freshman and Hi Los. We’d hear those gorgeous close harmonies and rip them right off the records. I sat down at the piano and taught myself by ear.”

The character of Brian McKnight is clear. His persona as a performer, the quality of his voice, the character of his style, is linked to a burgeoning renaissance in romance. For all his speed, his athletic agility, his true strength is his romantic heart.