Eric Benet talks new single, ‘Sunshine’

By Madeleine Marr

What’s Eric Benet been up to? Getting ready to perform is what. The sometime actor and singer is one of the headliners of the Overtown Music & Arts Festival, on Saturday, from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Free to the general public, the highly anticipated event will also include live performances by Grammy Award winning talent including Estelle, Jeremih and Ameriie as well as local artists. Festival goers are invited to visit local Overtown businesses and vendors who will be on hand showcasing artwork (including a live art installation by artist Danielle Myers), ethnic cuisine, food trucks, unique crafts, jewelry, clothing, and more.

The family friendly festival also provides a Youth Zone, powered by the non-profit “Teens Exercising Extraordinary Success” (T.E.E.S.). From toddlers to teens, the Youth Zone includes festival-style entertainment featuring musical performances, arts and crafts, face painting, bounce houses, karaoke, and fun fitness activities.

Tell us about the concert.

I’m very excited to be performing in Miami. I love the energy and culture here in the city

What songs will you sing?

Well I don’t wanna give away the show, but I will do some of your favorites and of course, something new.

What is on your playlist right now?

I’m listening some of the young cats like Ro James, Andersen Pak, but I love all types of music, jazz, soul, rock.

What else is going on in your career?

I’m getting ready to release my latest album this fall so we are very excited for the fans to hear some new music. I have been approached to do some acting, so I’m reading scripts. I spend the rest of my time with my wife (Manuela Testolini) and kids.

Where do you like to go when you are in Miami?

Besides the beach, listen to great music, and enjoy the food!

Anything else you want readers to know?

My new single “Sunshine” is a available now on iTunes, I'm getting ready for a tour this this fall, and you can find out the dates and cities by visiting

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