But after fiddling on his piano keys to warm himself up, McKnight stated, “We are in trying times ladies and gentlemen.” He said he felt that if Marvin Gaye was “still alive today, he’d wonder the same question that he asked” in the title of his 1971 hit “What’s Going On.” McKnight crooned over Gaye’s famous words about unjust brutality in a world that desperately needs love, a parallel to the current worldwide protests in the wake of multiple murders of Black people.
The 17-time Grammy award-nominated artist announced he’s releasing the final album of his career aptly titled Exodus next Friday, June 26. He then performed one of the singles “Nobody,” which he claimed to be “probably the greatest song I’ve ever written.” He told Billboard exclusively back in March that he wrote it for his wife Leilani Mendoza. “It’s about the incredible love we share as have been all the songs I’ve written since we’ve been together,” McKnight said at the time.
He dusted off his swoon-worthy falsetto and limber vocal runs for a half-hour set that fulfilled 13 fan requests of his critically acclaimed tender romantic ballads, including “Anytime,” a “Better” / “Still” / “Still in Love” medley, “Never Felt This Way,” “Back at One” and more.
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