The album is the follow-up to Benét's fifth studio album, Lost in Time (2010). The One marks a moment of positive transition in his life and lyrically speaks to the many new beginnings developing in his career and family. The One will also be the first album released on Benét’s newly formed record label Jordan House Records, which he created in partnership with EMI. “Real Love” was the first single off The One and was the #1 added song to Urban AC when shipped to radio in October 2011. This new single is a taste of what to expect on Benét’s new album, which he describes as a “very contemporary approach to old-school songwriting integrity”. His second single "Harriett Jones" released as a single on May 8, 2012, followed by a third "News For You" in November of that year. A remixed album The Other One later followed in 2014.
In 2014, Benet teamed up with The Afropeans to revisit and rework his 2012 release, adding new instrumentation and changing song structures into a more electronica feel. It received a Europe/Japan only release on May 16, 2014. He wanted to show his versatility and do something special for his international fans. It was led by the singles "Runnin'" and "Lay It Down."