"Genesis" is the fifteenth studio album by American singer Brian McKnight. It was released by the SoNo Recording Group on August 25, 2017 in the United States. Primarily produced by Tim Kelley, it features the singles "I Want U" and "10 Million Stars" in addition to "Everything" and "Forever" which were first released on his previous release, the live album An Evening with Brian McKnight (2016). Genesis debuted at number 15 on the US BillboardIndependent Albums, while reaching number 73 on Top Album Sales chart.
Andy Kellman from AllMusic found that "on Genesis, McKnight opts to switch it up with modern production stylings [...] Overall, this is more rooted in the electronic-oriented R&B tradition of Kashif and company than, say, an attempt to keep up with mid- to late-2010s hitmakers such as DJ Mustard and Metro Boomin." He called the album "one of McKnight's best albums."SoulTracks editor Melody Charles wrote that "it’s tempting to think that Genesis signals a return to McKnight’s gospel leanings; instead, what’s happening is Brian has rediscovered, and demonstrated, his playful yet passionate side. Yes, there are modern twists and a few brow-raising couplets, but overall, Genesis harkens back to the sweetness and sensuality that attracted fans to his sound in the first place."