Brian McKnight
Brian McKnight
Real Name/Full Name Brian Kelly McKnight
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Brian McKnight
Birth Place: Buffalo, New York, the United States of America
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 5 June 1969
Age/How Old: 55 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 192 cm
In Feet and Inches – 6′ 4″
Weight: In Kilograms – 86 Kg
In Pounds – 190 lbs
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Hair Color: Black
Parents Name: Father – Claude McKnight, Jr.
Mother – Ruth Elaine Willis
Siblings: Claude McKnight III and Michael McKnight
School: Evans High School
College: Oakwood University
Religion: Christian (Seventh-day Adventist)
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: Julie McKnight (m.1990 – d.2003)
Dr. Leilani Malia Mendoza (m.2017)
Kids/Children Name: Clyde McKnight and Niko McKnight Brian McKnight Jr
Profession: singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist
Net Worth: $15 million
Last Updated: June 2024

Popularly known for his incredible belting range and outstanding falsetto, Brian McKnight is a Jack of many trades. He is a record producer, actor, songwriter, and singer. Equally important, McKnight plays several instruments. So far, his outstanding performance has earned him up to 16 Grammy Awards nominations.

When it comes to the number of Grammy Awards nominations received by artists yet don’t end up as wins, Brian has a record. His are in the third positions coming after the likes of Snoop Dogg and Zubin Mehta. In addition to being famous, Brian McKnight is also successful with considerable net worth.

Well, how well do you know about Brian McKnight? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Brian McKnight’s net worth in 2024, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Brian McKnight to date.

Biography and Early Life

Brian McKnight was born in 1969 on 5th June as Brian Kelly McKnight. His place of birth was Buffalo, New York, whereas his parents are Ruth Elaine Willis and Claude McKnight, Jr. He is not an only child. On the contrary, he was born alongside two siblings, namely Claude McKnight III and Michael McKnight. Brian grew up in a family of believers.

His grandmother was the priest of the Emmanuel Temple Church in Buffalo. In addition to that, his mother would sing songs and play the piano in that church. He followed their footsteps and started sing in church when he was a child. He joined the church choir at quite an early age which became the foundation of his music career. For the record, his family members were Seventh-day Adventists.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Brian McKnight in 2024 and what is his height and weight? Well, Brian McKnight’s age is 55 years old as of today’s date 20th June 2024 having been born on 5 June 1969. Though, he is 6′ 4″ in feet and inches and 192 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 190lbs in Pound and 86kg in Kilograms.


McKnight attended a school in Orlando, FL, U.S., the Maynard Evans High School. Upon graduating, he decided to further his studies and proceed to Oakwood College, a faith-based, Seventh-day Adventist institution. He stayed in the school between 1987 and 1989 but was expelled during his second year. The reason for the discontinuity of his studies was his failure to comply with the institution’s rules.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Brian McKnight With Wife Dr. Leilani Malia Mendoza
Brian McKnight With Wife Dr. Leilani Malia Mendoza

In the late 1980s, Brian McKnight was a man in love. It was so intense that he risked his education for it. He invited his then-girlfriend to his dorm room which had dire consequences. Due to breaking the college’s dormitory visitors’ rules, the two were expelled. Interestingly, not even that changed their love.

On the contrary, it only got stronger, explaining why the two tied the knot shortly after the expulsion. Brian McKnight married Julie McKnight in 1990. She is a songwriter and a singer, and the two sired four kids together, comprising three sons and a daughter. Their names are Briana McKnight, Clyde McKnight, Niko McKnight, and Brian McKnight, Jr. However, the marriage came to an end in 2003.

In 2014, Brian McKnight started courting Dr. Leilani Malia Mendoza. The engagement took place in May 2017, whereas the wedding happened on 29th December that same year. They have been together ever since.

Is Brian McKnight Gay?

As far as sexual orientation is concerned, Brian McKnight is straight. He is a family man and a father of four children. He has been married twice, and on both occasions, his partners were women. Before marriage, he was also in a relationship with a woman. Equally important, not even a single rumor questions that or suggests otherwise.

Professional Career

After singing in the church choir ever since he was a kid, Brian began his professional career in 1990. That’s when his band named Take 6 entered into a recording agreement with the Warner Brothers. Later on, he signed with Mercury Records, Motown Records, and Warner Bros Records.

Over the years, McKnight has released several studio albums, including Brian McKnight, Anytime, I Remember You, Back at One, U Turn, and Superhero. Others include Exodus, Genesis, Better, More than Words, Just Me, Evolution of a Man, Ten, and Gemini.

He appeared on television as himself on various shows and series, including The Eric Andre Show, My Wife and Kids, A Diva’s Christmas Carol, Living Single, Martin, and Beverly Hills 90210. He has also portrayed other characters such as Dr. Keith Brooks in Sister, Sister, Clarence Walker, and Cricket in The Masked Dancer. He has made appearances as himself and Sweat Meat in Naked and Black Dynamite for films, respectively.


Brian McKnight has received nominations and awards from NAACP Image Awards and Soul Train Music Awards. He has also been a nominee for a Pop Award, 2 MTV Video Music Awards, 15 Grammy Awards, a BET Award, and 2 American Music Awards.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Brian McKnight in 2024

Brian McKnight Net Worth
Brian McKnight Net Worth

As of 2024, Brian McKnight’s net worth is approximately $15 million. One of his great sources of income is his music career. He has been doing it for a long time and has also released more than ten albums over the years. He makes money through the sales of his singles, albums, and performances. Equally important, he has made appearances in a wide array of television series and a pair of films. Again, these roles have made him a considerable amount of money.

The things you do as a child could be the foundation of a career big enough to make you famous and wealthy. Brian McKnight is a perfect example of such a scenario. He started singing as a child only to become a renowned musician. Additionally, he has a considerable net worth.


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