When Stevie Wonder calls you the best contemporary R&B Singer in the world, then chances are you are doing pretty well. When you have been nominated for 4 Grammys and have had hit albums and #1 charting songs over the last 15 years, then you’re not just doing well, you’re Eric Benet! Eric Benet has become the standard of the R&B genre over the last decade, when he made his solo debut with 1996’s True To Myself. Three years later came A Day In The Life, which contained the single “Spend My Life with You” featuring Tamia. The song went to #1 on the R&B charts, was certified gold, and nominated for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group along with a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album Male. In 2004 following a difficult time in his life, the singer released his third and pensive album Hurricane. His next album Love & Life arrived in September 2008. The CD debuted at #11 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and included the crowd-favorite “Chocolate Legs” and the smash “You’re The Only One” which spent 4 weeks straight at #1 on Urban AC radio. Love & Life garnered two Grammy nominations—including Best R&B album—and was embraced by numerous press outlets, among them Essence who noted that Love & Life is “a throwback to decades of rhythm and blues” and People awarding Love & Life 3.5 out of 4 stars. Outside of being a growing music icon, Eric has crossed into the rare celebrity air with a high profile marriage to Halle Berry, and with his good looks and unending talent, he is on his way to becoming one of the greats of all time. There really is no one these days like Eric Benet so check out his site for continuing info on the new album and tour info!
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with the R&B crooner in NYC to talk about the release on June 5th of his new album “The One” and it’s subsequent tour, some of the great moments of the last 15 years in becoming one of the world’s great singers, what is was like leaving a major label and how it enhanced his creative freedom, how to pronounce his tour mate Ledisi’s name correctly (I have always pronounced it wrong and yet am a fan of her music but luckily he told me it’s very common!), hoe his daughter and family have inspired him, what girls offered me to come to the interview with me, and he even sings one of the songs off the new album!! Kade Nation, if you don’t get “The One” on June 5th, then you are really missing out because with his sweet voice and incredible soul, few people produce the level of quality that Eric does, and there is no doubt that this will be a critical and commercial success…Enjoy Kade Nation!!
And check out his video for “Real Love”…What a talent!