R&B singer Brian McKnight has a new gig as a radio personality. McKnight, who just released his latest album, Ten, in December 2006, starts hosting his own live, daily radio program, "The Brian McKnight Morning Show," on smooth jazz radio station KTWV (aka 94.7 The Wave) on MLK Day (Jan. 15, 2007) in Los Angeles. The show will air weekdays from 6 am to 9 am Pacific Standard Time (that's 9 am to noon on the East Coast in the U.S.). McKnight's show replaces a similar one that Jazz musician Dave Koz hosted on the station for six years. "The Wave is one of my favorite radio stations, so to be joining the station is incredibly exciting," he told industry trade magazine 'Radio & Records.' "Pat and I have a lot of exciting things planned, and I can't wait to get started." Koz, who's giving up his show in order to go on a world tour, has promised to sit in with McKnight his first few days on the air. And if you're wondering: yes, you'll be able to stream the show via the station's website.
R&B/soul superstar Brian McKnight will join the Broadway company of Chicago as slick lawyer Billy Flynn for a six-week limited engagement, October 8 through November 18, at the Ambassador Theatre. Billy Flynn was previously played by Usher but the two-month engagement came to an abrupt end in October after the caught up singer fell ill. Prior to Broadway, McKnight will perform the role with the Chicago national touring company from September 25 through October 7 at Washington D.C.'s Warner Theatre. McKnight is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, arranger and producer with seven platinum or multi-platinum recordings to his credit, including the Grammy-nominated “Anytime” (1997), which sold more than two million copies, and Back at One (1999), which sold more than three million copies. His hit singles include "One Last Cry," "You Should Be Mine," "The Way Love Goes," "Love Is" (with Vanessa Williams) and "Back at One," which reached number one on the Billboard 100 charts in 2000. His most recent album, Ten, was released in 2006. McKnight is currently the co-host of "The Brian McKnight Morning Show" on KTWV The Wave, a Los Angeles-based smooth jazz radio station.