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Superstar Brian McKnight announces NZ show

Slow-jam king and 16-times-Grammy-nominated R&B star Brian McKnight will be back on our shores this coming October.

McKnight’s tour will kick off on the Gold Coast on October 7, before moving on to Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and then New Zealand.

The 47-year-old is scheduled to perform at Wellington’s Opera House on Saturday, October 15 and Auckland’s ASB Theatre on Sunday, October 16, with tickets available from August 9.

The tour is named An Evening with Brian McKnight and will undoubtedly be singing tracks off his new album, Better, as well as delving into a backlog of R&B classics.

McKnight is most well-known for his hit Back At One and has an array of other classics like One Last Cry, Anytime and Crazy Love to name a few of his most successful songs. He is a veteran in the music industry with a massive catalogue of 12 studio, two Christmas and six compilation albums.

The man has many talents, not only is he famous for his strong falsetto and belting range; he is a multi-instrumentalist who plays eight instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet.

This will be McKnight’s third time in our country. He was last here in February 2014, when he performed with a full band and had Tevin Campbell open for him. I was lucky enough to be among the audience that night and since then I have always told people his concert was one of my top two I have attended.

His voice is precisely as it is on record, maybe even better. He has the kind of voice that gives you goosebumps, brings tears to your eyes and sends you into another universe, like an escape from reality. He has no limits, singing parts of his songs a capella; it is magical and truly effortless.

And that is why I am heading back for another dose of Brian McKnight. I recommend you do the same. He holds the power to generate the inner romantic inside of you. So, ladies, if you’re waiting for your man to propose, take them to the show.

Speaking of proposals… that happened on stage, mid-show at the last concert, and apparently, that is a common occurrence at all Brian McKnight shows. See you there.

Shoko Kurata
Shoko is an Osaka-born Kiwi aspiring to become New Zealand's very own Oprah. Your average Jane, she loves anything to do with music, sports, reading and writing. She loves a good old debate on controversial topics because she always comes out on top. A student at Whitireia, she hopes to graduate with her diploma in Radio Journalism.
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