Musician and actor Brian McKnight on acting and country music


Tavis Smiley talks to Brian McKnight, Grammy-nominated musician and star of the Lifetime television movie A Country Christmas Story, also starring Dolly Parton.

McKnight claims that he is “not actively trying to be a movie star,” but takes roles when they come his way. A Country Christmas Story attracted him because of its story about a biracial woman, and because “there are a lot of lessons to be learned there.” McKnight, who plays an absentee father who is also a musician, thinks that the film affectingly portrays the conflict between career and family. He also talks about his history with country music, starting with Ray Charles’ country albums, and the history of black country musicians.

Listen to the full episode here.

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