Brian McKnight Packs The Hits, Prepares For Next Album

In between the prolonged success of his 1997 multi-platinum album, "Anytime," a record of seasonal songs entitled "Bethlehem," and a recurring part on the WB sitcom, "Sister, Sister," R&B vocalist Brian McKnight enjoyed a landmark year in 1998.

McKnight has managed to get 1999 off to a good start as "Hold Me," the newest single off "Anytime," continues to draw heavy airplay as the singer makes plans to head back into the studio to start work on yet another record.

"I think that what I've learned now is that coming [into a studio] with hit songs is a lot better than trying to conceptualize what an album will be," McKnight told the MTV Radio Network about his recording process. "So I can write all day long, you know, depending upon how production is. Production changes everyday, but I think I'm writing real good stuff now." [28.8 RealAudio]

No word yet on when McKnight plans to convene

in a studio to actually lay down the new material, but we'll keep you posted. Meanwhile, McKnight may show up at the Grammy ceremony in Los Angeles next month to pick up a statuette for "Best Male Pop Vocal Performance," as he has been nominated for his rendition of "Anything."