Eric Benet and Faith Evans have released a new single entitled “Christmas Without You.” Fans can purchase the new digital single at iTunes.
This is Eric Benet and Faith Evans’ second collaboration, after their first hit “Georgy Porgy”, which reached #15 in 1999 on the U.S. Billboard R&B Chart, and was also featured on Eric’s platinum certified album, A Day In The Life.
Other than her recording career, Evans is mostly known as the widow of New York rapper Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, whom she married on August 4, 1994, a few weeks after meeting at a Bad Boy photoshoot. The turbulent marriage resulted in Evans’ involvement in the East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry, dominating the rap music news at the time, and ended with Wallace’s murder in a yet-unsolved drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. A 1997 tribute single featuring Puff Daddy and the band 112, named “I’ll Be Missing You”, became Evans’ best-selling song to date[when?] and won her a Grammy Award during 1998.
Benét sang with a Top 100-style group called Gerard in the late 1980s. Benét, his sister Lisa, and his cousin George Nash Jr. formed a band called Benét and released a self-titled album in 1992, and it went on to sell over 100,000 copies. Two years later, Eric Benét broke onto the music scene with his solo career and signed with Warner Bros. Records, releasing his debut solo album, True to Myself in 1996. His sophomore album, A Day in the Life, was released in 1999 and featured his smash hit “Spend My Life With You (featuring Tamia)”, which rose to #1 on the US Billboard R&B charts (for 3 weeks), was certified gold, and nominated for a 2000 Grammy Award for “Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group”. The album also won a Soul Train Music Award for “Best R&B/Soul Album, Male”.
From 2001 to 2005, he was married to Halle Berry. On July 31, 2011, he married Prince’s ex-wife, Manuela Testolini, who gave birth to their first child, a baby girl Lucia Bella, on December 21, 2011.