“How I Learned To Sing” – Vocal Inspirations (Brian McKnight)

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Over the past couple days MANY fans/viewers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have been asking me about my own personal vocal influences. I do believe that mimicking other voices which we find appealing can have some value in our artistic development, as long as we eventually reconnect those aesthetic values to our own unique individual instrument. I have MANY vocal inspirations, but one vocalist in particular played an integral role in inspiring me to explore the upper register of my voice.
Bryan McKnight was the first male R&B singer I ever heard who used ALL of his voice in such a dynamic way: Chest, Mix, Head… he floated through all of his registers with an ease that seemed – to me – impossible. And he never shied away from dynamically using his head voice. I was amazed… and motivated. Even now, you can hear some of his influence in the way I use my head voice (even at times when I’m trying NOT to sound like him). lol 🙂

41 thoughts on ““How I Learned To Sing” – Vocal Inspirations (Brian McKnight)”

  1. RaymoneWalkerVO

    eric i know u probably wont do this lol but i wanted to asked if u could
    explain pleasure p’s voice, how he uses that whiny strong sound like he
    belting but he actually isnt, its the style im trying to obtain

  2. no lie if i could choose to sing like anyone id have to be maxwell i wish i
    can be at that point that falsettos nasty but i think talent like that is
    nurtured from birth… on a side note this guys vids have helped me improve
    so much i need to get back on them good teacher 

  3. Is there any chance that you could do a cover of ‘ You have more friends
    than you know’ this song has been in my head a LONGGGG time. Thank You :)

  4. Bubba Da Skitso

    Brian McKnight is indeed awesome. And although successful, I don’t think he
    gets nearly the amount of love and respect that he deserves. My two
    favorite songs are Anytime and One Last Cry. Never get tired of hearing
    them and/or singing them. 

  5. hiya, quick question, ive watched a few of your breathing techniques from
    step 1 and i just wanna know if you have drink water before breathing or
    even just singing a note, does it disturb the vocals or does help the
    vocals? =) would appreciate your feed back. thank you kindly =)

  6. It’s very clear that Bryan McKnight has influenced Eric’s vocal development
    from an early age. When I listen to his demo above, I clearly hear an
    influence from Nathan Morris of BOYZ II MEN, as well.

  7. Daniel Sirmans

    Check out my channel. Uploaded one song. Idk if i should keep singing, so
    that why im asking u check out my channel and give me advice and an
    answer.. Thanx :)

  8. I love her voice also, JUST DON’T COP HER TECHNIQUE!!!! It’s extremely
    abusive to the vocal cords, and can cause irreprarable damage. She is lucky
    she can sing at all now with the years of abuse. She was supposed to be
    studying SLS with Seth Riggs, but I still don’t hear any blend between
    registers. AND SHE NEVER UTILIZED HER MIX register which is essential to
    non-threatening belting technique.

  9. Hi Eric. My inspiration involves all the classic in jazz like, Billie
    Holiday, Lena Horne, Shirley Horne, Frank Sinatra, but most importantly
    SARAH VAUGHAN who could not only sing over a vast range covering alto and
    soprano, but was a also a skilled pianist. I am studying piano on my own
    right now to improve my overall ear. I think that skill makes someone a
    truely competent professional….much like yourself. Could you post a vid
    on how to copy Sarah’s style of singing?

  10. Joeseph Townsend

    Honestly I’m an auto tuner but i aspire to break thru the limitations of
    not knowing just what sounds I’m making

  11. Brian McKnight is one of the BEST in my mind. My personal vocal influence
    is Wanya from Boyz 2 Men. Though I do realize the Mr. McKnight wrote a lot
    of there material.

  12. I’m baritone!! It’d be a dream for me to sing like Brian McKnight. He had
    me hooked up on that G# belt on the bridge!! I’m glad Brian McKnight
    influenced you, he’s a great singer!

  13. and you certainly are an inspiration, cuz you teach how to sing so
    wonderfully well that encourage me to practice more to sing, cause you do
    it so well, thank you so much for these classes on YouTube

  14. Dionne Warwick.. You sang my Mom’s favorite…I am a die hard fan of Brian
    Mcknight, mainly because he is a Singer Songwriting genius! I grew up off
    of Earth Wind and Fire,Tina Turner, Young Whitney Houston, Billy Ocean.. So
    many.. and I love your outfit here by the way.. So Sexy.. PEACE

  15. Phil Moufarrege

    I think you’re referring to riffs and runs. vocal “licks” also. think of
    the voice like a guitar. that will help you search youtube for what you

  16. Can you please cover a song by Mariah Carey.. like Vanishing or The
    Wind!!!! I would love to hear it from you!!!! Pls pls pls???

  17. Nathanael Mitchell

    Im 16 years old and I was wondering if its too late for me too start
    singing because everyone who’s good started as a kid

  18. Only ever playing when you sing these faves of yours does depend as observe, if that’s all you want to accomplish.

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