Singer Eric Benét Reminds Us What Real R&B Sounds Like

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DALLAS -- He sang his way to the top of the charts in the 90's and now Eric Benét is back to redefine the true meaning of R&B.

"When I think of R&B, I think rhythm and blues," Eric told NewsFix in an exclusive interview. "It's live music with real instruments and no auto-tune."

The four-time Grammy-nominated artist reunited with old friends to give his fans just that -- 'real' music. For his recently released self-titled album, he collaborated with singer Tamia and other musicians.

"Tamia, who I had my very first hit with, it  was incredible to be in the studio with her again. Me and my production partner assembled the baddest cats in L.A."

Eric's also taking on the role of a film producer and actor. The new project is something he says he always had a passion for.

"With my music, I've always been a storyteller; even with my first solo album, each song always tells a story."  "I feel that's where I've been my entire career and I thought it's just a natural transition."

"Outside the glitz and glam of the entertainment industry, Eric's helping the unfortunate. His foundation Mission To Save Her fights to end sex trafficking and slavery all over the world.

"I wake up every morning and look at my beautiful little four-year-old, and two-year-old, and my amazing 25-year old-daughter, and they're so strong and independent. To think there are so many women in the world who are voiceless."

So, whether "being heard" means through music or missionary work, Eric is always in tune!