Though Brian McKnight originally “hadn’t planned on making another CD or record” anytime soon, the R&B crooner had a change of heart once creativity struck and ideas for songs started coming in.
McKnight sat down with The WAVE’s Pat Prescott for a candid conversation about his new project and dealing with harsh criticism from fans after his recent foray into the x-rated world, explaining that his focus for songwriting has now gone back to his roots.
Listen to our complete interview with Brian McKnight in the segments below.
Part one – Brian explains his writing process and why he likes taking his music in new directions.
“I decided to write some more, to really go back to the root of what I began in ’89/’90,” said Brian. “Maybe there was something, not necessarily the way the songs were crafted and what I wrote, but the feeling of what I was doing.”
He adds that some fans can be too critical when comparing music in his catalog, saying that his newer albums don’t hold up to some of the classics. However to Brian, experimenting with music is all part of growing and evolving as an artist.
“I keep hearing this phrase ‘you need to stay in your lane,’ and I hate that,” he said. “I think that we compartmentalize things so much that we stifle creativity.”