UNCUT: Brian McKnight opens up about Filipina wife, love story with PH

Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 04 2018 08:57 PM | Updated as of Dec 04 2018 10:44 PM

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MANILA — Top American R&B singer and Pinoy concert favorite Brian McKnight is once again back in the Philippines for a series of concerts in Manila and Cebu.

This time, he takes pride in his new Filipino connection — his wife, Filipino-American Leilani Mendoza, whose family hails from Plaridel, Bulacan.

His December 4 and 5 concerts at Solaire Theater and Waterfront Cebu are also an early celebration of the couple’s first wedding anniversary.


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McKnight is best known for his hit songs like “Back at One,” “6, 8, 12,” and “One Last Cry.” 

His fourth studio album has sold more than three million copies.

McKnight last performed in the Philippines in 2016. He is a known friend of Filipino music veterans Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Regine Velasquez, and Kyla, all of whom he has collaborated with.

Sans personal bias, McKnight said he is not exaggerating with his opinion that the best singers in the world come from the Philippines.