Im the Fastest Kid on the West.
Yo! Brian McKnight Jr Here.
As son of the legendary Brian McKnight, Ive pretty much lived my life recording music. Whether its behind the board, engineering, including mixing, or everywhere else, as in the booth laying leads, or stacking harmonies on the fly, to at the piano, or guitar writing, and crafting tunes. You could say its pretty much all I do, but being that its my passion and what I truly love to do, Ive never complained! My second passion is teaching, and being a guide, especially for other creatives. I was lucky to be introduced to this platform by an incredible friend of mine, and I'm grateful to begin my journey of lending my skills to those who need, all around the world. I am fluent across most DAWs, and as my tagline suggests, I can guarantee a speedy, yet masterful return. Let me help you bring what's in your head to life. Any genre, any tempo, any key, anytime. Cheers!
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Reviews (12)Endorse Brian McKnight Jr
Amazing is how i would describe brian. Amazing vocals melody lyrics. Genius. If you get the chance to work with him do it. Before he becomes a superstar. Hope to work again soon. Should be 6 stars
Brian is a great singer and easy to work with. I made some lyric changes which weren't on the ref vox and Brian nailed the changes without a problem. 5 stars all round!
Only 5 stars possible? Doesn't even do this man justice. Amazing experience overall. The topline he wrote was absolute fire and he himself sounded incredible on the reference he provided. Don't sleep. He's the one you're looking for.
Here's the thing--Brian could just sing your record and it would sound great. BUT HE PUTS HIMSELF INSIDE THE SONG! He looks for opportunities to bring out the best in what you give him. Crazy talented and easy to work with. Hire this man!
Brian is simply incredible. His vocals are as clean as silk.
He knows how to play with words to make them sound great.
He didn't detract from the melody I sent him but yet he added his own style and hooks in the right places that just made the song sound epic. He comes highly recommended.
Brian is my go-to for demo vocals. Need to sound more pop? He's got you? More R&B? He's got you. He's a student of all genres and will come through for you, whatever you need. And i can't say enough about his upbeat, positive attitude. Really easy to work with and in those rare times I need changes, he does it all with a smile.
I've worked with Brian a few times and he never disappoints. He's a student of all genres of music & an excellent vocalist/producer. Tell him what u want and you'll end up with a perfect final product! He never sweats requests for changes and always brings a great attitude. Rare talents like this make the soundbetter service worth coming back to.
Pure fire. We have Brian took an idea and he took it to a whole other level. Great work.
I described a sound and vibe that I was going for and Brian nailed it. Versatile voice, great mix and top notch production skills. Will definitely work with BMJ again!
What can I say.... timely, professional and GREAT performance.... Will definitely work with Brian again!!!! OH!!!! can't forget... GREAT ATTITUDE!!!!!!
Greatness!! Exceeded every expectation I had. Brian is a professional and incredibly gifted! Can't wait to work with him again!
This guy is truly great. The songs were so awesome that they instantly had everyone who listened to them humming the hooks and lyrics. There is no way that you could go wrong when using this guy to work with you on any project that you may need help with. Thanks Brian for a job well done. I will certainly be using you again.
Interview with Brian McKnight Jr
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: A recent project i worked on was Luca Hanni's "WhenIWakeUP". I executive produced the album with my younger brother, and another great friend of mine. It was an incredible learning experience, and I'm incredible proud of the work we did.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Im actually working on a a few projects at the moment. An ep, or two, and my debut album.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: My good friend Joey Diggs recommended me to Sound Better, and I would definitely recommend him to my clients.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I believe in the blend. Why Not?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is that i'll always deliver.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Pure Creation is everything to me! My job allows me to live there.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I most commonly get asked how Im able to stack backgrounds, and lay lead vocals so quickly. My reply is always that I've just been doing this for so long. Over 15 years of practice has made me a machine.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception about what I do, is that it just came easy.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What emotions are you trying to evoke?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Never be scared to tell me exactly what you are looking for. My goal is to bring out whats in your head as best I can until I get it right.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Keyboard, My Mic, My Laptop, My AU, and Guitar.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I plan on being one of the best singer/songwriters of all time. Ive honestly been doing this all my life.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would say my style is urban, and modern.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with John Mayer. He's definitely one of my favorite musical minds still alive.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Spacing is key!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on a variety of music usually. A lot of RnN, and PopRock. And also a lot of scoring elements. Orchestral, electronic work.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skills, or my IQ, and my ability to deliver great takes I'm great time.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring depth, and belief to a song. I try my best to evoke every emotion the story is trying to tell, both musically, and sonically.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My work process varies. I typically wake up and do any mixing that may need to be done. I may warm up by making a few beats, and seeing if anything sticks. I am constantly writing, so I usually have a pretty good stockpile of material to draw from to keep me in a steady rhythm.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have two studio setups at the moment, and working on three. My more mobile rig consists of my Maschine gear, both Mikro, and Jam. My Komplete Kontrol S61, and my AKG C12, I keep with me at all times. My bigger rig, is powered by the big boy Apollo. I recently acquired the new Montage synthesizer, and the S88 controller. There I also have another Custom AKG C12 Mic.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Growing up in music, I was heavily surrounded by all of the greats. From Steely Dan, to D'Angelo, and Avenged Sevenfold, to Keith Urban, Joni Mitchell, Marvin Gaye, Michael Franks, and countless others.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most commonly I Top-line, and do songwriting, and vocal producing work. I also serve as engineer, and Mixer when needed.