Triple Platinum Recording Artist Brian McKnight Talks to The MEXICO Report About First Performance in Mexico

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The MEXICO Report
By Susie Albin-Najera

On Saturday, May 29, as part of the Riviera Maya Summer Jazz Festival taking place in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, triple platinum recording artist Brian McKnight will headline a free beachside concert along with R&B singer-songwriter Phil Perry and renowned Mexican jazz singer Caro Montes.

And although McKnight has performed his smooth, hypnotic sounds all over the world to tens of millions of fans, this will be his first time performing in Mexico.

The MEXICO Report was lucky enough to land an exclusive interview with McKnight about this upcoming concert performance.

Why did you decide to perform in Mexico?

“I decided to perform in Mexico because I have performed all over the world but never in Mexico,” said McKnight. “I’ve vacationed there and love it but when I was asked to perform, it was a no-brainer.”

This will also be his first time visiting the stunning Riviera Maya, which is the pristine stretch of land resting 45 minutes (and further) south of Cancun Int’l Airport.

Set to perform at the popular Mamita’s Beach Club in Playa del Carmen, McKnight will serenade guests with his smooth sounds set against the mesmerizing vibrant turquoise backdrop of the Caribbean ocean.

Have you visited Mexico before?

“I’ve been to Cabo and Cancun and I played a little pro basketball back in 2001 in Oaxaca,” he added.

Although McKnight does speak a bit of Spanish, he claims to understand and read it better than he speaks it. However, his messages will be communicated through the music that night.

“I think this will be a wonderful experience both musically and spiritually,” he said.

What do you think this show will bring to the people of Mexico?

“I hope this show and every show I do can bring people together and get them thinking about what’s really important in life,” he offered, “and how not to lose it.”


WHAT: Free beachside concert hosted by the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival

WHEN: Saturday evening, May 29, 2010

WHERE: Mamita’s Beach Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

WHO: Triple platinum recording artist Brian McKnight, R&B singer-songwriter Phil Perry, renowned Mexican jazz singer Caro Montes


Thanks to Harlot Unlimited and Yucatán Holidays for photos.


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Susie Albin-Najera is the creator and editor of The Mexico Report, an award winning travel blog showcasing news, deals and resources for the modern traveler. Najera is a writer, author, travel blogger, marketing and public relations specialist and producer. Najera serves on the host committee for Maestro Cares, founded by singer Marc Anthony and producer Henry Cardenas; and on the advisory board for Corazon de Vida, providing aid to children in Mexico. She is also the creator of 'The Real Heroes of Mexico' showcasing community heroes in Mexico and producer of Latino Thought Makers. Najera has been recognized by the Mexican Consulate and Mexico Tourism Board for fostering positive relations between countries and her dedication to showcasing Mexico as a premiere destination. She can be reached at

3 comments for “Triple Platinum Recording Artist Brian McKnight Talks to The MEXICO Report About First Performance in Mexico

  1. 2010-05-30 at 12:16 pm

    Great article Susie!!
    I was out of PLaya but I assumed without aby doubt that was awesome!!!!

  2. Alan Mercer
    2010-05-26 at 6:16 am

    Great intterrview Susie. Your blog is awesome! I love all things Mexico!

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