Eric Benet offered a quiet moment on his new album, The One, with “Here In My Arms (Lucia’s Lullaby),” a song he sang to his new born daughter. Now, he’s thinking of creating an album of songs dedicated to children that he will be a family affair.
In an recent interview with CBS Local, Benet revealed his future plans and how he intended to make the leap from creating baby-making music to music for babies.
“With ‘Lucias Lullaby’ my wife was pregnant and I would just crotch down to her tummy and sing a little melody to Lucia before she was born,” he told CBS Local. That was an intimate and creative thing to happen. When she was born, I continued to sing this melody to her and it was like she knew the song.”
When he got the idea to record the melody, he asked his wife, Manuela, to collaborate.
“[I said], ‘We should write the lyrics to this melody,'” he explained. “I so loved the way that melody came to be, I thought that maybe we could do a whole album like this. Just like when [my first daughter] India was a baby, I make up at least four or five original songs for her each day. When it’s diaper changing time there’s the diaper song. There’s lemme-try-to-burp-you or to bounce you-around and watch-you-giggle [songs]. There’s a song for everything. I am really seriously thinking about writing an entire lullaby or parenting to baby album with songs like that.”
Benet is not only celebrating his new child on his new album, but he’s also a newly minted boss, releasing The One on his own Jordin House imprint. The album is lush with instrumentation and is among the most experimental of his career. He dabbles in reggae with Shaggy (“Hope That It’s You”), rolls with Lil Wayne for “Red Bone Girl,” and splashes a touch of Country on “Come Home To Me,” with Jewel Anguay.
Aside from calling this his best work to date, Benet makes a case for why you should buy his new set. His elevator pitch for The One, below. —Erik Parker, CBS Local