Brian McKnight shows what love is all about as Billboard exclusively premieres the video for his latest release, “Nobody.”
The song is from what the 17-time Grammy Award nominee has said will be his final album of all original material. Titled Exodus, McKnight’s 20th studio album is slated for summer 2020.
Describing “Nobody” as “the quintessential Brian McKnight single,” the singer-songwriter-producer explains that the song was written about his wife Leilani. “It’s about the incredible love we share as have been all the songs I’ve written since we’ve been together,” McKnight says. “’Nobody’ is perfect for right now at a time when real true love seems to be missing in music and in most aspects of society. It’s the best song I’ve written in a long time.”
A tender love ballad underscored by McKnight’s smooth, agile tenor, “Nobody” is reminiscent of the romantic vibes powering the artist’s memorable repertoire of songs that includes “Back at One,” “Anytime” and “One Last Cry.” Many of the visuals comprising the “Nobody” video are taken from personal footage filmed during the McKnights’ 2017 wedding.
“The funny thing is that we were trying to decide on a concept for the video,” says McKnight. “And after brainstorming, it was becoming too much of a process. Then suddenly the idea came to use our wedding footage because we hadn’t shared any of that footage with anyone. We thought what more of a special way to show our celebration and make it part of this beautiful song written for my wife.”
McKnight has posted 19 top 40 hits on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. And four of those reached the top 10: “One Last Cry,” “Crazy Love,” “You Should Be Mine (Don’t Waste Your Time)” featuring Mase and “Back at One.” In addition to peaking at No. 2 on the Hot 100, “Back at One” held No. 1 for six weeks on the Radio Songs tally.
Four of McKnight’s nine albums that charted on the Billboard 200 landed in the top 10: Back at One, Superhero, U Turn and Gemini. Genesis, the singer’s most recent album, was released in 2017. Debuting in the top 20 of the Independent Albums chart, the project featured the Adult R&B Songs airplay hit “Forever” and the Adult Contemporary airplay hit “Everything.” To date, McKnight has sold 9.4 million albums and earned 466 million on-demand streams in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
The forthcoming Exodus (SoNo Recording Group/Universal Music Group) will also include the earlier released singles “When I’m Gone” and “Neva Get Enuf of U” alongside other original compositions. As for whether the project will indeed be his final album, McKnight simply notes, “My last project was called Genesis and I truly believe this might be my last project of original music. So Exodus seems a fitting title. But I love music, so you never know.”