1. Happy Birthday, Brian McKnight

He was born in Buffalo, NY on June 5, 1969 and turns 45 today. His musical career began as a child in the church choir.

2. Happy Birthday, Brian McKnight

He has three older brothers Claude, Freddie and Michael. When Brian was still very small, they formed a gospel quartet. They fashioned themselves after the great gospel groups . . . The Swan Silvertones and Mighty Clouds of Joy, etc.

3. Happy Birthday, Brian McKnight

The McKnight brothers were serious singers and loved gospel music. However, outside church, they listened to jazz. To date, McKnight has written over 200 songs.

4. Happy Birthday, Brian McKnight

Brian was raised a Seventh-day Adventist. He grew up attending Emmanuel Temple. He also attended Oakwood University, a Seventh-day Adventist university, in Huntsville, Alabama.

5. Happy Birthday, Brian McKnight

Brian is a singer-songwriter, arranger, producer, and R&B musician. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays eight instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet.

6. Happy Birthday, Brian McKnight

Brian is tied with Snoop Dogg for the record of most Grammy nominations without a win . . . 16 nods each.

7. Happy Birthday, Brian McKnight

He won an Image Award in 2000 for “Back at One” as Outstanding Male Artist and a Soul Train Award in 1999 for “Anytime” as Best R&B/Soul Male Album.

8. Happy Birthday, Brian McKnight

In 2009, he appeared in the second season of Celebrity Apprentice and raised money for the charity Youthville USA.

9. Happy Birthday, Brian McKnight

In 2012 McKnight posted to YouTube “If You’re Ready To Learn”, which has been characterized by Billboard as a “filthy jam” and chose this lyric from the work to quote: “Let me show you how your p—y works/Since you didn’t bring it to me first.”

10. Happy Birthday, Brian McKnight

McKnight currently lives in Los Angeles and has three sons Brian, Jr, Clyde, and Niko.