Brian McKnight Legally Changes His Name to 'Exactly Match' His 9-Month-Old Son: 'So Proud'

The singer shares his 9-month-old son with wife Leilani Mendoza

<p>Leilani McKnight/Instagram</p> Brian McKnight and son

Leilani McKnight/Instagram

Brian McKnight and son

Brian McKnight is opening up about his recent name change.

On Saturday, the "Back at One" singer, 54, announced that he has legally changed his name by sharing a photo on his Instagram of his newest album, which features a picture of his 9-month-old baby's face.

"🤍🤍🤍 So proud to introduce our son 🤍BRIAN KAINOA MAKOA JR. 🤍," he wrote in the caption.

"To the world with the release of my new album lovingly created for him. JR. because I am also proud to officially announce that I have legally changed my name to exactly match my legacy’s," he explained.

"My legal name is now BRIAN KAINOA MAKOA MCKNIGHT SR. MCKNIGHTtime LULLABIES the songs of a father to his namesake available now!"

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Related: Brian McKnight and Wife Leilani Welcome Baby Boy: 'We Are So In Love!'

In addition to their son, the couple is already parents to son Jack and daughter Julia. McKnight is also father to sons Brian Jr. and Niko with ex-wife Julie McKnight — whom he was married to from 1990 to 2003 — and daughter Briana McKnight from a previous relationship.

<p>Leilani McKnight/Instagram</p>

Leilani McKnight/Instagram

In January, McKnight and his wife announced that they welcomed another baby in a joint Instagram post. "'For this child we have prayed and the Lord has granted us the desires of our hearts' 1 Samuel 1:27 God's greatest gift, our son is here!!!" the pair wrote alongside a photo of McKnight and Leilani making a heart with their hands around the infant's hand.

"🤍 Brian Kainoa Makoa McKnight 🤍 We are so in love!!!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ #iloveourlife #mylegacy #blessed #ohana #son #mrandmrsmcknight #knightandlei," they added.

Last November, the couple revealed that they would be welcoming a baby boy.

"So thankful for precious life and our growing OHANA!!!" the singer shared at the time.

The couple's new addition is a rainbow baby, an experience McKnight opened up about in a number of Instagram posts on Mother's Day in 2022, explaining how they'd experienced a pregnancy loss.

Sharing a picture where the couple posed with their kids and Leilani had a baby bump, he wrote, "I treasure this picture it was our last family picture before the birth of our son Kekoa Matteo."

Calling Leilani the "greatest example of being a mother I've ever witnessed," he noted that Kekoa's due date was Mother's Day.

"I know how hard him not being here in the flesh with us is weighing incredibly heavy on us, but I know he is with us just like Julia and Jack are, as shining examples of your exceptional motherhood," McKnight continued, applauding the "strength I saw in you through the loss of our son and the courage to deal with the hardest loss we've ever dealt with in our lives has been truly remarkable."

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