Spend My Life With You
An American contemporary R&B singer with mild hip-hop and strong adult contemporary influences, Eric Benet commenced his career in a vocal group called “Benet” before finding a true prominence as a soloist with his second album, A Day in the Life (1999). Thanks to the chart smash “Spend My Life With You,” he won a 2000 Soul Train Music Award and received a Grammy nomination, that same year. Eric also has released True to Myself (1996) and Hurricane (2005).
Eric has also been active as an actor. He had a recurring role on the WB “For Your Love” (1999-2000) and appeared as a guest star on “Half & Half” (2005). He made his feature film debut on Mariah Carey’s flashy showbiz drama Glitter (2001).
As for his private life, Eric was married to actress Halle Berry from January 2001 until January 2005. He has a 15-year-old daughter, India, from previous relationship with girlfriend Tami (killed in a car accident in 1993).
Halle Berry’s Ex
Childhood and Family:
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Eric Benét Jordan was born on October 15, 1966. He is the youngest of five children and comes from a family with a very musical background. His father, a police detective, loved classical music.
In 1992, Eric and girlfriend Tami Stauff welcomed a baby daughter named India. A tragedy struck when Tami was killed in a car crash on April 24, 1993, 15 months after India was born. In 1999, Eric became engaged to screen beauty Halle Berry, whom he eventually married on January 24, 2001. Separated in 2003, the couple officially divorced on January 3, 2005.
A Day in the Life
Growing up in an extremely musical family, Eric Benet seemed fated for a career in music from his early years. As a teenager, he formed a vocal group called Benet along with his sister and cousin. Signed by Capitol, the group released a self-titled album in 1992 that went largely unnoticed, selling only 70,000 copies perhaps due to a lack of good promotion. Shortly afterward, Eric tried his hand as a solo artist and, in 1994, he signed with Warner Bros.
True to Myself, Eric’s debut album, was released in the fall of 1996. The acclaimed album contained such singles as “Let’s Stay Together” (feat. Tamia), “Spiritual Thang,” “Femininity” and “True To Myself.” The soulful singer followed it up with a successful sophomore effort three years later with A Day in the Life. The album’s lead single, “Georgy Porgy” (featuring Faith Evans), earned major airplay and peaked at No. 15 at the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart. However, it was not until he launched second single “Spend My Life With You” (featuring Tamia) that Eric finally scored a smash hit. The song scorched through the charts, landing at No. 1 on the R&B charts, received a gold certification, and was nominated for a 2000 Grammy award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group. Eric continued to increase his profile by taking home a Soul Train Music for Best RB/Soul Album Male. Meanwhile, Eric also recorded for Earth, Wind and Fire’s 30th anniversary CD.
After the success, Eric branched out into acting. The growing star made his debut as Jamel on the television comedy series “For Your Love,” a recurring character he played from 1999 to 2000. He moved on to the big screen the next year when he landed a supporting role on the Mariah Carey movie Glitter, in which he properly played the producer working with Carey. In 2005, he made a guest appearance on the sitcom “Half & Half,” as Reece Wilcox.
It was also in 2005 that Eric made his return to his musical roots for the third album Hurricane. It produced singles “I Wanna Be Loved” (2005, #28), “Hurricane” (2006, #33) and “Pretty Baby” (2006, #44).
- Soul Train Music: Best R&B/Soul Album-Male, A Day In The Life, 2000