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Eric Benét is a famed American neo soul singer-songwriter, R&B musician, and an occasional actor. The singer, who has received four Grammy nominations for his work, is perhaps one of the most well-known R&B singers today. His music is known to be loved by both fans and critics, proving him to be a well-rounded artist.
As an actor, he has appeared in several shows and movies including The Real Husbands Of Hollywood, Half & Half Trinity Goodheart, Glitter and For Your Love. Showing he does not have just mere talent, but versatility as well.
Over the years, a lot of information about the musician has made its way to gossip blogs and publications. But keep reading to find out more about the man behind all the gossip.
Eric Benét Bio (Age)
Eric Benét Jordan was born on the 15th of October, 1966 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is the youngest of five children. When Eric was younger, he formed a band called Benét with his older sister Lisa, and George Nash Jr – his cousin. The band released their first album in 1992 and it went on to sell over 100,000 copies.
Merely two years later, Eric re-emerged on the music scene as a solo artist and signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records. In 1996, he released True To Myself, his debut solo album with Warner Bros. Records. In 1999, he released A Day In The Life, his second album. This album featured “Spend My Life With You (ft. Tamia)” which was one of his biggest singles. The song made it to number one on the US Billboard R&B charts. It was also certified gold and nominated for “Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group” at the 2000 Grammy Award show. The album also went on to win several accolades including the Soul Train Music Award for “Best R&B/Soul Album, Male”.
The actor’s life has been affected by several tragedies which have affected him significantly. First, he lost his father to cancer and then in 1993, his girlfriend – Tami Marie Stauff – passed away from an automobile accident injuries. At the time of Tami’s death, she and Eric Benét already had a daughter together, India who was born in 1991. For a time, Eric raised India as a single father.
Net Worth and Career
Eric Benét has a total net worth of $5 million. This is a result of years of hard work and dedication. His debut album featured several successful R&B songs include “Femininity”, “Let’s Stay Together” and “Spiritual Thang”. His second album was just as successful and it included “Georgy Porgy” which featured Faith Evans and the aforementioned “Spend My Life With You which featured Tamia.
Eric recorded another album in 2001, Better and Better, but Warner Bros rejected to release the album because they wanted him to stay in the R&B genre. As a result, due to wanting more creative freedom, Eric changed record labels and released his next album, Hurricane which included the hit song “I Wanna Be Loved”.
His next album, Love & Life was released in 2008 and debuted at number eleven at the Billboard 200. It also reached number two the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
In 2010, he released Lost in Time, his fifth album which contained duets with Chrisette Michelle, Faith Evans, and Ledisi. In 2012, he released another album, The One, which included the song “Real Love” which was the number one Urban Adult Contemporary song shortly after its release. Other hit songs from the album included “Harriett Jones” and “Runnin”.
In 2014, he released an international album, The Other One, proving that he had no intentions of slowing down. Over the years, Eric has proven that he deserves his net worth. He has quietly become one of the hard-working men in the music industry.
Eric Benét’s Family: Wife, Daughter, And Other Kids
In 2001, Eric Benét got married to the famous actress – Halle Berry after dating for two years. While they were married, Eric underwent treatment for sexual addiction in 2002. Unfortunately, in 2003 the two had separated and by 2005, they had finalized their divorce.
In July 2011, Eric got married to Manuela Testolini (who was once married to the iconic musician, ). Eric and Manuela had their first daughter, Lucia Bella on the 21st of December, 2011. The couple had their second child, another daughter – Amoura Luna in July 2014.