“Someone like you comes only once in a lifetime,” sings “Back at One” R&B crooner Brian McKnight, 50, in a new tribute track for the late great Kobe Bryant and his daughter.
“I did write this song but I can’t take credit. This song wrote itself,” McKnight says in the video, published by TMZ Monday.
The 17-time Grammy Award-nominated singer performed the new tune while addressing the outpouring of grief to Bryant’s tragic death.
“It’s been a tough week. You know I don’t think I’ve ever seen in my lifetime, the whole world, light a candle together and feel exactly the same way about the passing of our brother Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gigi, and the seven other folks on the helicopter,” he says before playing the song, “Can’t Say Goodbye.”
In addition to being a fan, McKnight also had a working relationship with Kobe during his life. The pair collaborated on a song in 1998, in which Bryant had a rap verse near the end of McKnight’s song “Hold Me.”
“Stay strong, pride telling me move on, my heart’s fighting me, forcing me to hold on,” Bryant raps.
McKnight also once honored Bryant in his song “I Love LA.”
Other memorable tributes to Bryant since his death have included LeBron James’ “Black Mamba” tattoo, Michael Jordan’s touching statement and a moment of silence during the Super Bowl, followed by a subtle tribute during Shakira and Jennifer Lopez’s halftime performance.