Eric BenÃ©t is a contemporary R&B singer with mild hip-hop and strong adult contemporary influences. As a teenager, he performed in a family vocal group (appropriately named BenÃ©t) with his sister and cousin. The group signed with Capitol Records and released an eponymous album in 1992 that largely went unnoticed. Eric blazed his own trail as a solo artist shortly afterward, signing to Warner Bros. and releasing his debut album, True to Myself, in the fall of 1996. A Day in the Life followed in 1999; its first single, a cover of Toto's "Georgy Porgy," was a moderate radio hit, but it was the album's second single, "Spend My Life with You" (featuring Tamia), that helped put Eric BenÃ©t on the map. "Spend My Life with You" went to number one on the R&B charts, was certified gold, and received a nomination for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group. BenÃ©t's popularity was on the rise, and A Day in the Life went on to earn a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album, Male. During this time, BenÃ©t headed into the studio to work on Earth, Wind & Fire's 30th anniversary CD. He also struck up a romance with actress Halle Berry, whom he married in 2001. Perhaps inspired by his wife, BenÃ©t caught the acting bug and landed a recurring role on WB's For Your Love before making his feature film debut in Mariah Carey's flashy showbiz drama Glitter in 2001. Berry and BenÃ©t separated in 2004, a year before the singer released his third album, Hurricane. BenÃ©t then returned home to Milwaukee, WI for the recording of Love & Life, which arrived in September 2008 and garnered two additional Grammy nominations. Two years later, BenÃ©t delivered Lost in Time, a tribute to the classic smooth soul sounds of the '70s. ~ Stephen Thomas ErlewinePortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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