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Back at One is the fifth studio album (sixth career) by Brian McKnight, released September 21, 1999, by Motown. It includes the Billboard Hot 100 hit "Back at One" and was certified triple platinum by RIAA[citation needed], with McKnight at the height of his career.

Back at One
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 21, 1999
StudioBackroom Studios (Glendale, California), Darkchild Studios (Pleasantville, New Jersey), EMI Studios (Santa Monica, CA); Orchestra Recorded at Capitol Studios (Hollywood)
GenreR&B, soul
ProducerBrian McKnight, Fred Jerkins III, "Darkchild", Anthony Nance
Brian McKnight chronology
Back at One
Singles from Back at One
  1. "Back at One"
    Released: August 17, 1999
  2. "Stay or Let It Go"
    Released: January 11, 2000
  3. "6, 8, 12"
    Released: May 2, 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Brian McKnight, except where noted.

  1. "Last Dance" (McKnight, Brandon Barnes) – 4:45
  2. "Stay" – 4:23
  3. "Played Yourself" (Jerkins, Harvey Mason, Jr., LaShawn Daniels, Fred Jerkins III, McKnight)– 4:16
  4. "Back at One" – 4:20
  5. "Stay Or Let It Go" (Jerkins, Mason Jr., Daniels, Jerkins III, McKnight) – 4:40
  6. "6, 8, 12" (McKnight, Barnes) – 4:07
  7. "You Could Be The One" (McKnight, Anthony Nance) – 3:23
  8. "Shall We Begin" – 3:59
  9. "Gothic Interlude" – 1:00
  10. "Can You Read My Mind" (McKnight, Barnes) – 3:57
  11. "Lonely" – 4:26
  12. "Cherish" – 4:05
  13. "Home" – 4:22


The lead single "Back at One" became a #2 single on the Billboard Hot 100 and it hit #7 on R&B. It's been certified gold by RIAA as of June 1, 2006. Two music videos were shot for the single, as the initial one was later taken off air due to a tragic plane crash in the news during its run.

"Stay or Let It Go" was released as a double single with his soundtrack cut "Win" (from the Men of Honor film), where the former hit #76 on Pop & #26 on R&B, and the latter hit #51 on R&B.

"6, 8, 12" was the third and final single from the album, hitting #48 on R&B, as a physical single was not released for it to chart on the Hot 100.


  • Anthony Nance: Synthesized Bass, Drum Programming
  • Brian McKnight: Keyboards, Electric Bass, Drum Programming, Percussion
  • "McNoche": Guitars (tracks 2, 6, 8, 12)
  • Derek "Hot Sauce" Cumming: Guitars (track 11)
  • Greg Leisz: Pedal Steel (track 6)
  • Wayne S. Rodrigues: Scratches (track 10)
  • Bill K. Meyers: Orchestral Arrangements (tracks 4 & 13)
  • Fred & Rodney Jerkins: Music Performance Credits on tracks 3 & 5
  • Harvey Mason, Jr. (credited for "additional music" on tracks 3 & 5, though his contributions are unclear)


Tracks 3 and 5Edit

  • Arranged By Brian McKnight, Lashawn Daniels, Fred & Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins
  • Vocals Produced By LaShawn Daniels; Music Produced By Fred & Rodney Jerkins
  • Engineered & Mixed By Jean-Marie Horvat

Track 7Edit

  • Arranged By Brian McKnight
  • Produced By Brian McKnight & Anthony Nance
  • Engineered & Mixed By Chris Wood & Anthony Jeffries; assisted by Mary Ann Souza

All other tracksEdit

  • Arranged & Produced By Brian McKnight
  • Engineered By Chris Wood, Dave Fredric, Mary-Ann Souza, Mick Guzauski, Tom Bender, Tommy Vicari, Anthony Jeffries, Jerry Christie, Dave "Hard Drive" Pensado & Dylan "3D" Dresdow


In 2001, UK music artist Lulu recorded the song for her album Together with a duet with Irish pop band Westlife and performed it live subsequently. Country singer Mark Wills covered the title song for his album Permanently.



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