2005-06-10 / Community

Brian McKnight And The New Edition At Westbury

One of R&B music’s most popular performers, Brian McKnight and the recently reunited New Edition are sure to excite R&B fans at the North Fork Theatre at Westbury with their sultry voices on Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $65.75 and are available at the box office, select Ticketmasters, and charge by phone at (212) 307-7171 or at (631) 888-9000, or online at www.northforktheatre.com. For information, call (516) 334-0800

Multi-platinum Motown recording artist Brian McKnight’s “Gemini” has already spawned two smash hits- “What We Do Here,” and “Every Time You Go Away.” Both songs topped the Adult R&B and Urban AC radio charts. The seductive ballad “What We Do Here,” held the #1 spot at Adult R&B for five weeks in a row and earned a Grammy nomination for “Best R&B Male Vocal Performance.” The sultry follow-up, “Every Time You Go Away,” hit the bulls-eye with the #1 most-added song at Urban AC radio and had some critics comparing the love song to his previous smash, “Back At One.” With over 16 million records sold in a career that has produced the triple platinum (1999) Back At One, the double platinum (1997) Anytime, and (2003) acclaimed U-Turn, Brian has received many awards and accolades from the American Music, Blockbuster, NAACP image, Soul Train and more. The talented, singer, songwriter, musician and producer has worked with some of music’s biggest stars, such as Nelly, Mariah Carey, Vanessa Williams, Justin Timberlake, Willie Nelson, and others.

On March 22, 2005, New Edition 20th Century Masters – “The Millennium Collection: The Best of New Edition” was released. Now on the Bad Boy Entertainment label, Ricky Bell, Mike Bivins, Ronnie De Voe, Ralph Tresvant, and Johnny Gill are touring once again. New Edition’s early, Jackson 5-inspired material made them the forerunners of two generations of teen pop (most of which was geared to white audiences). New Edition, meanwhile, released their eponymous MCA debut in 1984 and scored their biggest pop hit with the Top Five smash “Cool It Now,” which ended with a short rap section. The Ray Parker, Jr.-penned “Mr. Telephone Man” soon became their third R&B chart-topper, and the group had reached full-fledged teen idol status. Yet they were growing up fast, as demonstrated on their next album, 1985’s All for Love. As they matured and progressed, they laid much of the groundwork for the fusion of hip-hop and R&B known as new jack swing. By the mid-’90s, new jack swing was giving way to new fusions of hip-hop and soul that were alternately more organic or aggressive. In 1996, the comeback album, Home Again, was released. It debuted at number one, and the first single, “Hit Me Off,” was a smash, hitting number one on the R&B charts followed by the hit “I’m Still in Love With You.”

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