via Forbes :
After a three-decade career as a prolific recording artist, singer-songwriter Brian McKnight is taking a break of sorts. To be accurate, it’s not a retirement from performing or writing songs—the musician behind such classic R&B and pop hits as “One More Cry,” “Anytime” and “Back at One” still plans on being active on those fronts. But his latest work, Exodus, will be the last album containing original material from him.
“Since I met my wife Leilani,” McKnight explains, “the way I think about things changed. It’s not just about me and my career, it’s not about staying on the charts as long as I possibly can. I am excited about what the next chapter for us will entail.”
Released two weeks ago, Exodus has all the hallmarks of a Brian McKnight record: the uptempo hip-hop-influenced numbers and the seductive slow jams, with the balladeer’s velvety voice as the thread. A majority of the new album’s romantic songs were inspired by his wife, as indicated on a track like “Hula Girl (Leilani).” “Every song I have written since Leilani and I met had been about her or our relationship,” he says. “Eleven of these songs are exactly that. It’s basically our lives.”