Miami Beach, FL
August 18, 2011
Even when Brian McKnight talked in song, he sounded wonderful. No voice enhancements or special effects – just his microphone and a piano.
Those two elements alone were more than enough to entertain the crowd at The Fillmore on Friday night, August 18 for McKnight’s Miami concert appearance.
He interacted with the crowd by taking song requests such as “Never Felt This Way” and “6, 8, 12.” Every song was like a conversation, as McKnight would tell the audience to sing louder or he would mention an instance in his past regarding a family member.
Claude McKnight III, McKnight’s brother and member of the Grammy-award winning gospel sextet Take 6, also sang on stage—both with Brian and solo. The two brothers sang covers from singers including Michael McDonald and James Ingram.
The last hour was all McKnight, as he sang hit songs “Back at One” and “Anytime.” He also sang a very animated cover of Stevie Wonder, complete with Wonder’s post-song hand movement. Throughout the night, McKnight had a way of changing the tone in his voice almost seamlessly, which fared well with the audience.
Shouts of “That is all you Brian!” and “10 more songs!” came from an otherwise relatively quiet crowd. McKnight also sang to a fan pulled from the audience, whom he selected on Twitter before the show. Complete with flowers and a guitar, she seemed mesmerized.
With 17 albums to date, McKnight selected songs from range of hits including “Crazy Love” and “Everytime We Say Goodbye,” singing to a fan that seemed to know every lyric.
McKnight also made jokes about his mother not wanting him to sing to women, or else he would lose his voice. McKnight said it was the only thing that scared him more than those Viagra commercials.
McKnight closed with his latest single “Fall 5.0” from the album Just Me – which was released on July 12. With a mix of pop and McKnight’s smooth vocals, the night was best summed up by McKnight’s acclaimed song, “So crazy, So amazing.”
Review and Photos by Anthony Cave