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GRAMMY.com Exclusive First Listen: Eric Benét
GRAMMY-nominated R&B singer/songwriter Eric Benét will release his sixth studio album, The One, on June 5. Ahead of the album's release, GRAMMY.com has your exclusive first listen to "Here In My Arms (Lucia's Lullaby)," a song Benét wrote for his newborn daughter, Lucia Bella.
Born Eric Benét Jordan in Milwaukee, Benét released his debut album, True To Myself, in 1996. A Day In The Life followed in 1999, peaking at No. 25 on the Billboard 200 and garnering Benét his first GRAMMY nomination for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for the Top 25 hit "Spend My Life With You" featuring Tamia. Hurricane was released in 2005, followed by 2008's Love & Life, which peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 — Benét's highest-charting album to date — and spawned two GRAMMY nominations for Best R&B Album and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "You're The Only One." Benét's most recent GRAMMY nomination came in 2011 for Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Sometimes I Cry," a track from 2010's Lost In Time, a tribute to '70s-era soul music.
Set for release on June 5, The One is a "contemporary approach to old-school songwriting integrity" with "funk and hip-hop swagger," according to Benét's bio. The album features 12 tracks, including duets with Benét's eldest daughter India Benét, Lil Wayne and Shaggy, with lush horn and string arrangements. The One will be released on Benét's Jordan House Records, which was named after Benét's experience being raised in a home that was "known for its music." "If you came to the Jordan House, you were gonna hear some music," Benét says.