An intimate showcase — R&B legend Brian McKnight to perform hits, holiday favorites at Norton Center for the Arts

Published 3:20 pm Tuesday, November 28, 2017


News release 

Multi-platinum recording artist Brian McKnight is a name synonymous with sophistication and romance. McKnight brings his poignant R&B hits like “Anytime,” “Back at One,” and songs from his latest release, “Genesis,” as well as holiday classics to the Norton Center’s Newlin Hall Saturday, Dec. 2. His Danville debut will be an incredible, intimate performance that celebrates the soul of the season.

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McKnight flexes his artistic abilities beyond being a vocalist. In addition to being a singer, songwriter and producer, McKnight is also a multi-instrumentalist who plays piano, guitar, bass, percussion, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet. Collaborators across every genre have tapped his talents, from Quincy Jones and Justin Timberlake to Rascal Flatts and Willie Nelson.

These efforts have earned Brian McKnight 16 Grammy nominations, and he is the recipient of American Music awards, Soul Train awards, NAACP Image and Blockbuster awards, and was named Billboard Songwriter of The Year.  He has released 15 albums to date, with several going two and three times platinum; he has sold over 25 million albums worldwide.

“Usually, when a 16-time Grammy nominee comes to central Kentucky, he plays large arenas or amphitheaters,” said Norton Center executive director Steve Hoffman. “Especially when the categories include Best Male Pop Vocal Performer, Best Male R&B Vocal Performer, and Best R&B Album.  The Norton Center is thrilled to host Brian McKnight in its intimate and acoustically-refined hall, not only as he releases another powerful Grammy-worthy album, but in a concert that also includes songs from his multiple Christmas albums.  The Norton Center’s Newlin Hall will be a perfect complement to this mega-star’s smooth voice.”


Brian McKnight will be in concert 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts in Newlin Hall. Meet and Greet Tickets are available for $99 and include premium seating, photo opportunity, and meet and greet. General tickets, priced at $39, $52 and $65, are available at or by calling the box office at (859) 236-4692.