How much is Eric Benet worth?
|Net Worth:||$8 Million
|Date of Birth:||October 15, 1966|
|Country:||United States of America|
“I am not a sex addict. I am a person who … through a series of emotional events, troubles, challenges, made some really, really stupid, painful mistakes.” — Eric Benet to ABC News in July, 2004 regarding his marriage to Halle Berry and her claims that he was a sex addict.
Who Is Eric Benet
Eric Benet was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the youngest of five children. His household was a musical one, and he grew up listening to ’70s Soul and R&B; artists like Al Green, Sly Stone, Donny Hathaway, Chaka Kahn, Earth, Wind and Fire, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.
His love for music manifested itself at an early age: as a kid, he sang in his church’s Gospel choir as well as school plays and musicals. From an early age, he focused on making singing his career, and by the time he was in his early 20s, he had achieved a small amount of local success as a member of a male singing group called Gerard. He later formed a group called Benet with his sister Lisa and a cousin, George Nash, Jr.
Eric Benet Jordan was born Oct. 15, 1966 in Mobile, Alabama. Raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The musical trio Benet released one self-titled album in 1992, when Eric was in his mid-20s. The album, however, was not a commercial or critical success and the group eventually split up. During a down period, Eric worked a job outside the music industry while continuing to moonlight as a singer. In 1992, he signed with Warner Bros. Records as a solo artist, and his debut album, True to Myself, was released in 1996. But it wasn’t until his sophomore album, A Day in the Life, that he had his first big hit songs. The tracks “Georgie Porgie,” a duet with Faith Evans, and “Spend My Life With You,” featuring Tamia, were both hits on R&B; radio; the Tamia duet even reached No. 1 on the Billboard chart and was nominated for a Grammy. Today, Eric is still an active recording artist today, with one of his more recent hits being 2010’s “Sometimes I Cry.”
Love & Life
On his fourth studio album, Love & Life, Eric Benét makes a bid to show that he’s still a relevant, creative artist. And the album’s a good argument for his case: even though it’s his first since 2005 and though he hasn’t had a big hit song since 1999, Benét’s vocal style isn’t stuck in the past. In fact, Love & Life, released in the U.S. on Sept. 9, 2008, is a fresh, thoroughly contemporary album that swings from richly romantic to deeply uplifting to strongly spiritual.
On the album, Eric doesn’t break much new ground or blaze new trails, but anyone who’s a fan of his work should be able to enjoy this album.Throughout much of his career, Eric Benét has been underappreciated by the mainstream, but has a loyal and devoted core fanbase. And that fanbase will undoubtedly appreciate Eric’s fourth album, Love & Life. It’s filled with the lush melodies, personal lyrics and beautiful harmonies that his fans have come to expect from him. This is evident from the album’s very first song, “Love, Patience & Time,” a mellow, Babyface-esque track on which Eric sings about overcoming personal obstacles through faith.
The majority of the dozen songs though are mid- and slow tempo love songs, which is Eric’s specialty. He hits home runs with sexy ballads like “Hunger” and “Chocolate Legs” and the more uptempo tracks “Weekend Girl” and “Iminluvwitchoo,” a duet with Linda Kiraly. Another winner is the Latin-flavored “Spanish Fly,” a brass horns-fueled number about – you got it – sex.
In fact, there are no bad songs on the album. All 12 of them have qualities that can keep you from hitting the fast forward or skip track button. That said, there’s nothing on the album that’s completely extraordinary, either. All the songs are solid, well-sung and have intelligent, insightful lyrics. However, the album is almost completely a feel-good affair. Very little drama, no conflict, nothing to really spice things up here and there. There’s no balance here between the good and bad of life, it’s just primarily about the joy of living. Although it’s nice to see that Eric’s at such a good place in life right now that he’s putting out almost totally positive music, it makes for a boring album at times.
Relationships & Children
As of early 2012, Eric has two children: India, who was born in 1991 to his then-girlfriend, Tami. Tami died in a car accident about 15 months after the child was born. His other daughter, Lucia, who was born in December, 2011.
On July 31, 2011, Eric married Manuela Testolini, who herself was once married to the singer Prince. It was his second marriage.
From 2001 to 2005, Eric was married to actress Halle Berry, but they actually split in 2003. At the time, she had alleged that Eric was a sex addict who had cheated on her. The divorce was finalized in January 2005.