Brian McKnight on authentic music and art, getting in the best shape of his life, his new album, and doing what you love.


Robert Piper: What inspires you?

Brian McKnight: Any type of truly authentic music and art. 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.

RP: What is the hardest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your life?

BM: Honestly, the hardest thing to do in this business is to still be around. When music changes, when labels’ resources have dried up, it becomes harder and harder to continue to make a living at this. I’ve been very fortunate.

RP: How do you stay healthy?

BM: This year I’ve really decided to get into the best shape of my life, and I’ve gotten there by changing not only what I eat but when I eat and how often, as well as my usual workout routine. The combination has made such a big difference, and I finally feel in the best shape of my life.

RP: What’s the best advice you could give someone about life?

BM: Love what you do and do what you love.

RP: What projects are you currently working on?

BM: My single, “Uh Oh Feeling,” is out now and doing very well. My new album, Better, comes out in January 2016, and then we will continue to tour worldwide to the tune of about 100–120 shows next year. Besides that, working my golf handicap to a two.


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