Eric Benet – The One
Client: Jordan House / EMI Label Services
Release Date: To Be Determined
Project Manager: Michael Adams, Jr.
Singer, songwriter, actor and devastatingly handsome Eric Benet is currently gearing up for the release of his sixth studio album entitled The One. With the release of his new single, “Real Love” ThinkTank continues to build on the anticipatory momentum created by his core “True EB Fan” base and securing immediate and long lead features on key influential online outlets and organizations.
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If Eric Benet’s career can be defined by anything, it’s the purity of emotion. He’s consistently made music that speaks to love and speaks from the soul and on Lost In Time he does it once again. Featuring duets with Faith Evans, Chrisette Michele, Ledisi and the O’Jays Eddie Levert, Lost In Time is at once a sumptuous homage to and an expansion of the sweet soul of the 1970’s.
“I want people to remember what music is and what it can feel like; and to do that, I knew the record had to be all about the musician and the actual song, " offers the multiple-Grammy nominee. The desire to do that took me all the way back to that time—around 1972 through 1976—and like a lot of others, my development as an artist is a direct result of being immersed in that era." To keep that connection to the music and time that shaped him, Eric returned to his hometown of Milwaukee, WI and recorded with local musicians, including the Milwaukee Symphony’s string section. “I like loops and a drum machines as much as the next person; but when it comes to something that resonates in your soul, you have to have something constructed with live musicians.”
The emotion runs deep on the lush first single “Sometimes I Cry”, written and produced by Eric and long-time creative partner (and cousin) George Nash Jr. “‘Sometimes I Cry’ is about how you’ve completely moved on but still there’s still some melancholy about the break-up. Maybe you’re even dating somebody, but sometimes, when you’re alone, you cry and you’re sad about what could have been.”
Love is also the message on “Always A Reason,” one of the first songs written for the album. “I had this concept and the feeling, but I also wanted to approach it lyrically authentic. When you go back to the 70’s there’s an element of almost juvenile corn. Like ‘I love you so, I’ll never let you go’. So I wanted it to resonate emotionally but be very much of that era to be classic. There was quite a bit of giddiness involved with writing this: discovering a part of the past you didn’t know was there and having a giddy little feeling. I just wanted to almost stand there at the door of corny,” Eric laughs, "but not walk in. "
Mid-tempo and breezy, the aptly titled “Feel Good” featuring Faith Evans is another highlight. “It’s just a young, driving in the summer-time, roller-skating kind of song”. The track reunites Eric and Faith for the first time since their 1999 cover of Toto’s “Georgy Porgy”; and to hear Eric tell it, the wait was worth it. "Sometimes you don’t know what you’re going to get when you work with someone, but Faith was just a dream. I had been waiting for just the right song for us; and as soon as I wrote “Feel Good,” I just felt her voice all over it."
Speaking of voices, the O’Jay’s Eddie Levert brings a dose of soul power to “Paid,” a song that Eric freely admits, “wanted to sound straight up like an O’Jays track, and it comes off like that.” As for working with a certified R&B legend? “Eddie is hilarious. So much energy, like a cool, happy uncle you just love being around. I love him to death.”
Eric Benet 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.
Passionate, playful and heartfelt, Lost In Time is a love song to the love of making sweet soul music. "I want people to remember what music is and what it can feel like. There’s so much to be depressed about right now and I think this more so than ever that you need to remember how good it feels to get back to the real. People just need to have some feel good R&B in their lives. ".. read less
Eric Benet saves the last dance for “Harriett Jones” in his newest music video. Watch as the R&B crooner gets steamy with a league of female dancers including Dancing With The Stars! champion Karina Smirnoff; who choreographed the video.
Eric Benet puts on his dancing shoes and swings low with Karina Smirnoff (Dancing With The Stars) in his latest video “Harriett Jones”. Go behind the scenes to witness all the steamy moments and find out if Mr. Benet has all the right moves!
Eric Benet may consider running for President after the endorsement from a very special lady. Eric met his biggest fan, First Lady Michelle Obama last Wednesday (July 25) following his performance at the DC Constitutional Hall. The First Lady gleamed as she spoke highly about his music, “There is not a time when I’m flying in a plane or helicopter that I’m not listening to one or all of your CDs.” Check out the special pictures and reamaining tour dates below.
Eric Benet let’s his soul swing low in Harlem as he performs his latest single, “Harriett Jones” from his new album, The One
Eric Benet swings low with his newest single, "Harriett Jones" | New album 'The One' available June 5th
Eric Benet swings low with his newest horn driven single, “Harriett Jones” from his new album, The One
“Swing low, swing low sweet Harriett, baby won’t you let me come home”
Eric Benet puts the finishing touches on his new album, The One by giving a glimpse of the new cover art and tracklisting
The One will be available online and in stores June 5th!
Fans can share a special Eric Benet Valentine’s Day e-card featuring his new single, “Real Love” and enter a chance to win a Gift Card from 1-800 Flowers! See details below.