Singer Eric Benet and wife Manuela Testolini welcomed baby Lucia into the world last year. Benet talked about his family and upcoming album “Real Love” in a recent interview with The Boombox.


About “Real Love.”

“It’s pretty true to life. My wife and I, we got married in July. We’ve been together for five years now. When you know it’s right — especially after you’ve done some living and you’ve done a lot of growing and done a lot of maturing — love just feels differently. I went into the studio with my cousin George, who I do a lot of my producing with, and we wrote ‘Real Love’ without an album. I wrote a single that I thought was great, like my core audience would love. It’s one of those Eric Benet songs that people that’ve come to love what I do, they would just love this song. The rest of the record is sounding incredible.”

On his duet with oldest daughter India.

“First of all, when you’re a father and you’re thinking, ‘OK, I want to write a song that my daughter and I can sing and I don’t want it to be corny and I know it can’t be like a relationship, romantic song,’ so what the hell does that leave us? And really it leaves us a lot. I mean it left us with how special our relationship is. Ever since she was born, I can never get too down. I can’t get too bummed out ’cause it’s like, ‘Look what I got.’ She’s kinda communicated a lot of those feelings to me, too. Hopefully, in a not too corny metaphor, [we] can paint that relationship.”

A song for Lucia?

“Yeah, yeah. I actually do [have one], just don’t ask me the title. Still working on that. It’s a lullaby. I wrote the music. Manuela, my wife, is going to write the lyrics.”

Photo: Amy and Stuart Photography via Eonline!



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