Your sound, that really soulful love music, isn’t one we are hearing too much of these days. How can we bring back love songs?
I think that songs that have meaningful lyrics and meaningful music that I … like to make, I would like to think that it never completely goes away. We experience little dormant periods; there may be some other style of music that’s in the forefront. But it’s always going to have its day in the sun again. I like to be optimistic about it like that.
How do you stay true to yourself and your style?
I’ve never really changed the essence of what my formula is. I like to think that I’ve gotten better at it over the years and maybe evolved. But when it comes to songwriting … me, the song always starts first with an emotion. The song starts with me being introspective or contemplative about some emotional lesson or something I’ve been through or something that is moving me. Then it’s like, pick up a guitar, sit at the piano and transform that emotion into music. That’s pretty much been like my formula. Be vulnerable, be honest and be dope with the music.
What can Atlanta expect from this concert?
Marsha’s show is so fun. She does a lot of old-school songs and she does her edge and she has her DJ up there. Marsha’s vibe is dope. It’s like a mixture of everything we just described about what I am along with almost like a club/party vibe. And then I just get up there and I do my music and it kind of works. We really complement each other on the road.
What inspires you to go to the next level in your career?
I think if you’re really a songwriter, you don’t really have a choice. It’s in my blood, it’s in my veins. If I didn’t have a deal tomorrow and I had to work at a car dealership or do something else, I’d still be writing music, I’d still be making songs ‘cause it’s just who I am.
M.E. Tour featuring Marsha Ambrosius and Eric Benét
8 p.m. April 6. $37-$97. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. www.ticketmaster.com. More info and Eric Benét's VIP packages are available at www.ericbenet.net.
If you’re heading to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, you won’t be far from the new SunTrust Park. Check out this AJC video on the trip to SunTrust Park from various parts of metro Atlanta: