Brian McKnight attends Los Angeles Confidential’s Annual Pre-Emmy Kick-Off Celebration Hosted By Morena Baccarin at Mr. C Beverly Hills on September 19, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California
*Brian McKnight claims his accountant was so fraudulent, so deceptive, the money man stooped to secretly getting a United States congressman to help cover up his misdeeds, reports TMZ.
McKnight has filed a lawsuit against Vernon Brown and Company, claiming Brown ruined his life by failing to pay any of Brian’s taxes for close to a decade, resulting in more than a million dollars in back taxes, and an additional $500,000 in penalties and interest.
In the lawsuit, McKnight claims Brown knew he screwed up and secretly contacted Congressman Henry Waxman and gave him a phony sob story that got Waxman to contact the IRS and get McKnight back on an installment plan.
Brian McKnight attends Los Angeles Confidential’s Annual Pre-Emmy Kick-Off Celebration Hosted By Morena Baccarin at Mr. C Beverly Hills on September 19, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.
*Brian McKnight is launching a project via his website McKnight360.com which will allow his fans to download a new song and video every month, and also be able to watch the recording process in a series of videos he posts online.
”I’ve never heard of anyone doing an album that was interactive with their fans,” Brian, 44, told BANG Showbiz. “On McKnight360.com I’m giving my fans the opportunity to be in the room with me as I create my next 12 songs. It’s called ‘Brian McKnight Interactive’ and basically the fans will get a new song, a new video and a song from my archive every month. I’ve got about a thousand songs I’ve written and nobody’s ever heard that I’m giving away for free. Basically, it’s going to cost $12-a-year, like a club.
”The great thing about this is it’s going to challenge me to write a new song every month. I’ll put up videos every week of me recording the song and at the end of the month you’ll hear a brand new song that you heard the beginnings of … My fans will also be able to comment on that process as it’s unfolding. I’ll take on comments from the fans, it’ll be as interactive for me as it is for them.”
*Just like the headline says, this page/board is where you can discuss the stuff that we didn’t cover in today’s issue. (It’s sort of like feedback with a twist) Remember, NO name calling, racial taunting, graphic sex talk and vulgarity in general, PLEASE.
EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated. – Coretta Scott King
June 5: Guitarist Fred Stone of Sly and the Family Stone is 67. Singer Brian McKnight is 44.
June 5, 1956: Federal court ruled that racial segregation on city buses in Montgomery, Alabama violated Constitution. (Source: www.BlackFacts.com)
*R&B crooners Angie Stone and Brian McKnight have joined the touring cast of three-time Tony Award winner Hinton Battle’s play, “Love Lies.”
The play sounds hilarious. A musical that made its debut last summer at the Midtown International Theatre Festival, the plot is based on three women who arrive at a funeral only to discover they were all engaged to the same dead man.
The production, which is Battle’s debut as a playwright, displays “love, lies and betrayal” while the “ghost of the deceased watches on!” Actress Elise Neal, BET’s “Sunday Best” winner Crystal Aikin and comedian Kier Spates of the “Steve Harvey Morning Show,” are also part of the fun cast.
The production kicks off in Washington, DC and will play dates in Miami, Baltimore, Chicago, Atlanta, Birmingham and other cities. For a detailed tour schedule, click here.
*Brian McKnight must have found out that his grungy nasty new style of sexually infused lyrics was not so welcome. So he’s gone back to his conventional style with his new eOne Music release.
On April 2, fans of his original style will get to enjoy 16 new tracks on his first album in two years.
In an interview with the Huffington Post he admitted that though he told the public he doesn’t want to do another album ever again, the project found its way into his studio.
“I really didn’t think I would have this much to say anytime soon. And when the label came to me to say, ‘would you like to do another record,’ I said, ‘Well I got these sixteen songs sitting here, so let’s do it,’” he said. “And that was pretty much it… I never stopped writing, it’s just the way that the business is now you just try to find a different model. But once I started writing I said to myself, ‘Maybe, I’ll do one more, let’s see what happens.’”
But what about his adult mixtape attempt? He says the attention he received about the song, “If You’re Ready to Learn,” wasn’t a bad thing.
“I don’t think it cost me anything at all, really. I think that it did what I thought it would do, which was to let people know that I don’t take myself as serious as they do,” Brian explained. “And hopefully they don’t take their self that seriously. Nobody’s out there protesting the music of today, they just decided that they only want that from certain people. And I think that’s wrong. So I decided to make a parody based on that fact, and I was right. I make songs all the time and none of them made me the number one trending topic in the world for three days in a row. And that’s where this whole ‘social media’ thing kind of sucks, because no one ever runs with something that’s good and wholesome.”
Last Saturday (11-03-12) – in Malibu, Cali – twins Ashley and Ashton Ruiz, otherwise known as 2-U-Neek, had the opportunity to share the stage with Brian McKnight at ACT Today‘s 7th Annual Denim and Diamonds Event for Autism.
2-U-Neek sang “Hero” to a packed audience (500+)to honor the organization’s award recipients. They shared the stage not only with McKnight, but actor Shemar Moore (CBS’ “Criminal Minds”) who was a presenter as well as CBS 2 LA news anchor Pat Harvey.
By the way, ACT Today provides grants to kids with autism. And 2-U-Neek was honored to be of service because for them it’s personal. They have a little cousin afflicted with autism.