Eric Benet Found His Real Love On The One
After just two years Eric Benét is back with his new single "Real Love" that clearly did not just came to mind. He reaches the peaks of his voice in his new single for his real love. This Spring he will release his sixth album 'The One' which should become the one indeed.
It has been a terrific year for Eric. Last summer he married Manuela Testolini who gave birth to their baby daughter on December 21st, 2011. I do not know how he managed to record this new album but it looks like 2012 is going to be a fantastic year as well.
One year ago I interviewed Eric Benet in which he already stated the 'real' R&B had to return which you obviously hear on 'Real Love'. He describes his new album as a "very contemporary approach to old-school songwriting integrity" with a mid-70s soul groove, a variety of instruments from strings to horns.
Artist: Eric Benet
Title: The One
Release date: Unknown
Label: Jordan House / EMI Label Services
Single: Real Love
Buy at: Amazon
Eric Benét grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 1970s and was the youngest of five musically talented siblings. He started out singing with a group called Gerard in the late 1980s; then Benét, his sister Lisa, and his cousin George Nash Jr. formed a band called Benét and in 1992, they were signed to EMI and released a self-titled album. Two years later, Eric Benét broke onto the music scene with his solo career and signed with Warner Bros. Records, releasing his debut solo album, True to Myself in 1996. His sophomore album, A Day in the Life, was released in 1999 and featured his smash hit "Spend My Life With You (featuring Tamia)", which rose to #1 on the US Billboard R&B charts (for 3 weeks), was certified gold, and nominated for a 2000 Grammy Award for “Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group”. The album also won a Soul Train Music Award for “Best R&B/Soul Album, Male”.
In 2001, Benét decided to leave Warner Bros. and signed with the Reprise-distributed label, Friday Records, where he released his next studio album, Hurricane on June 21, 2005, which featured "I Wanna Be Loved" that reached #2 on the Urban Adult Contemporary chart. His fourth album Love & Life was released on September 9, 2008, debuting at #11 on Billboard 200 and #2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album featured fan favorite “Chocolate Legs” and his hit single "You're The Only One", which spent 4 weeks straight at #1 on Urban AC radio and was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award for “Best R&B Male Performance”. In November 2010, Eric released his fifth album Lost in Time featuring duets with Faith Evans, Chrisette Michelle, Ledisi, and Eddie Levert of The O'Jays; plus his single "Sometimes I Cry", which reached # 1 on the Hot Adult R&B Songs Chart.
Benét has also been active as an actor and most recently starred in his first lead role in the feature film “Trinity Goodheart” also starring Erica Gluck, which premiered at the American Black Film Festival on July 9th, 2011. Additionally, Eric had a recurring role on the television program For Your Love (1998–2002) and made his film debut alongside Mariah Carey in Glitter (2001).
Listen to his new single "Real Love":