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Brian McKnight is back and Better.

With an LP title such as Better, one might assume it’s McKnight’s way of telling the world his music is better now than ever, which lets be honest, would be very difficult to accomplish. “Back At One” … Classic! “Anytime” … Classic!

But when McKnight stopped by the HipHollywood loft, the singer assured us his 13th studio album stems from having a better life now, thanks to his longtime love, Leilani Malia. “I really feel like I am better than I’ve ever been,” he told us exclusively. “What I’m writing and the way I feel and the way I’ve gotten myself together, it’s a philosophy.”

He continued, “It’s the story of my life now with the woman that I’m with and every song is about our life. It took me 42 years to find the person that I know I’m supposed to be with.”

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As for the sound, Brian revealed to us that he wouldn’t classify it under any particular genre. “I write what I feel at the time. This record is completely live. There is very little computer driven music on this album.”

According to McKnight, he and his band cut 14 songs the way “we used to cut them 20 years ago. … we just went for it.”

Brian’s project is out now.

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