Mario Mario
Mario Mario
Mario Dewar Barrett, who performs under the mononym Mario, is an American R&B singer-songwriter, actor, dancer and model. He is best known for his hit singles "Just a Friend 2002" (2002) and "Let Me Love You" (2004), which won him two Billboard awards, as well as for appearing in the films Step Up and Freedom Writers. He has released four studio albums: Mario (2002), Turning Point (2004), Go! (2007), and D.N.A. (2009).
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    TWENTIES
  • 2011
    Age 24
    On December 19, 2011 Mariomusic channel on Youtube leaked a video with the mixtape name, Truth Be Told and some song snippets.
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  • 2009
    Age 22
    The album's lead single "Break Up" was released on April 28, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The song features Sean "The Pen" Garrett and Gucci Mane. In the US, the song, have peaked at number 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Chart and 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Mario's most successful single in five years. The single has been recently certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for a shipment of over 500,000 units as a. "Thinkin' About You", was released as the second single reaching number forty-five on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Chart. "Stranded" never labelled as the third single due to the limited airplay that it received. Lack of interest led to the single being cancelled, although in January 2010 the song entered on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs peaking at number 84. "Ooh Baby" was later confirmed to be the third single from the album, it peaked on the week of March 19, 2010 debuting on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 95. The entire album was made available for the public to listen to on his Myspace page before its release. The album debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200, selling 38,000 copies in its first week, becoming Mario's lowest-selling debut in the United States. So far, it has sold 93,385 copies in the US.
    On 5 March 2009, Mario said on Twitter that he had made an ABC network testing for a new Pilot.
    More Details Hide Details As result, he made an announcement to "The Electric Company" on PBS, with the "Soft G". Also starred in "One on One" as Spirit's date to the dance. Knightwritaz is a production team of which Mario was part of. The production team included Mario and includes Sterling Simms, Warren "Oak" Felder and Marsha of Floetry. Aside from producing songs for Mario's album Go, the team has written and produced songs for Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Jordin Sparks, Usher and Raven-Symoné. Mario claimed to be more of the songwriter in the team. In an interview with Rap-Up he sentenced that he was no longer part of the Knightwritaz.
    On 10 January 2009, Mario ventured to be the face of Pelle Pelle's European Spring/Summer 2009 campaign with various press shots for the campaign running throughout the next few months.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview with Rap-Up, Mario said that "Soul Truth Entertainment" was his new entertainment company. Mario is the new face of PETA in the campaign against killing animals entitled "Ink, Not Mink". He tells: "Be comfortable in your own skin, and let animals keep theirs". Mario competed in Season 6 of Dancing With the Stars, being partnered with Karina Smirnoff. They were eliminated in Week 8 of the competition.
  • 2008
    Age 21
    Mario's Do Right Foundation was established on March 2008 to educate and inspire kids who suffer from the drug addictions of their parents.
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  • 2007
    Age 20
    MTV aired a special on October 21, 2007, "I Won't Love You to Death: The Story of Mario and His Mom," which dealt with his mother's heroin addiction.
    More Details Hide Details The documentary is about how the singer strives for help to stop his mother's addiction. While doing this, he seeks help from family and friends. Mario wrote a letter to his mother stating how appreciative he is and begs her to stop her addiction. At the end of the letter he says, "I love you, but I won't love you to death". The documentary, produced by Gigantic! Productions, won a 2008 Prism Award for its accurate portrayal of drug abuse. Mario has also written a song titled Do Right that is dedicated to his mother. This song explains his mother's addiction and how it affected his childhood. The song is featured on his third album Go. Mario has homes in Baltimore, Atlanta and Los Angeles. Studio Albums Mixtapes
    In May, Mario published a notice on the Facebook page of the foundation, saying that he had been in a studio in Miami all night re-recording the hit song "Do Right" from his 2007 album "Go".
    More Details Hide Details This remix "Do Right" will be the theme song for Mario's Do Right Foundation. The song debut is expected to be at this years African American Heritage Festival in Baltimore.
    On December 13, 2007, Mario was on "106 & Park" where he stated that the third single off the album will be "Music for Love".
    More Details Hide Details The entire album was made available for the public to listen to on his Myspace page before its release. He also has a new song that came out on December 11, "Do Right". Go has sold 331,540 copies in the U.S. In an interview with DJ "Z", Mario stated that problems with the record label caused the album launch to be pushed back 6–8 months. Before the release of his third album Go, Mario confirmed in an interview with that he was working on a new album "by the time school starts back up, like after next summer” “But there's really even more than that, 'cause I'm gonna start recording, like, at the end of January". The album is involving a wide range of producers and songwriters such as Darkchild, Babyface, Polow da Don, RedOne, and CJ of Charlio Productions, Malay, Jazze Pha, Stargate, KP, Tricky Stewart and The-Dream as confirmed by Mario. Mario said that he would like to work with no more than 4 producers for this album. Mario has described this album as World music, an old school R&B influenced with a modern dance pop sound. The album is being described as his “most personal, colossal album of his career.”
    Mario's third album Go is dedicated to his mom Shawntia Hardaway and was released in South Africa under Gallo Records on October 9, 2007, in the U.S. on December 11, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The album includes collaborations with Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo, Janice Robinson, Eric West, Lionell Davis, Scott Storch, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Timbaland, Bryan-Michael Cox, Zane' Lord, The Neptunes, Jim Jonsin, Akon, Dre & Vidal, Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell, Sean Garrett and Mr. Collipark. Mario, who has described the album as "sex more personal more passionate", had more creative control on Go than on his previous two albums. The first single to be lifted from the album was "How Do I Breathe" which was released in May. The second single was "Crying Out for Me" after a poll on his website. The single was later certificated Gold by the RIAA.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2006
    Age 19
    In February 2006, Mario filed a lawsuit against his former manager, Troy Patterson, alleging that Patterson had paid him $50,000 for the sale of more than 3 million records, which was later found to be false accusations.
    More Details Hide Details Mario was later sued by Patterson and lost. Mario's new manager is J. Erving and he was chosen by Mario.
    As of 2006, his debut album has sold over 700,000 copies.
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  • 2004
    Age 17
    He released his second album, Turning Point on December 7, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details The album was more successful than his first, mainly because of the hit single "Let Me Love You". The single, described by reviewers as "melodic and sweetly lilting, reminiscent of Michael Jackson's vintage romantic ballads" was successful, peaking at the number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for nine consecutive weeks. The single is written by Ne-Yo. Other follow up singles include "How Could You" co-written by J. Valentine, with a cameo appearance in the video by rapper Cassidy; "Here I Go Again" (whose video starred model/singer Cassie) and "Boom" featuring Juvenile. To date, Turning Point has sold platinum and the lead single double-platinum.
  • 2002
    Age 15
    He sang a captivating performance of the Stevie Wonder classic "You and I" at Clive's Grammy party in 2002, and began recording an album.
    More Details Hide Details Mario began recording his debut album Mario. A year before releasing it in July 2002. The lead single "Just a Friend 2002", which was a cover of Biz Markie's hit, was an instant success, peaking at #1 on the charts. Follow up singles were "Braid My Hair" & "C'mon". He was the opening act on the Scream Tour 3, which featured B2K,Marques Houston, Nick Cannon, Jhené Aiko, and AJA.
  • 2001
    Age 14
    His first introduction to the music industry was the Dr. Dolittle 2 movie soundtrack in 2001.
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  • 2000
    Age 13
    In the end of 2000's decade, Mario was ranked by Billboard #98 on their "Artist of the Decade" list.
    More Details Hide Details Mario grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and other working-class neighbourhoods in Baltimore County, Maryland. He lived with his grandmother, who raised him while his single mother struggled with a drug addiction. Mario said at the age of four that he wanted to become a singer. His mother supported his dream and bought him a karaoke machine. Mario joined a musical group in Milford Mill Academy with the oldest son of comedienne Mo'Nique and best friend Jaye Brebnor and also his younger god sister Chea Tyler. He was always dedicated to having a musical career. He learned to play the piano and used that skill as the basis for his melodies and songs. He was discovered at age eleven and signed by producer Troy Patterson, after singing "I'll Make Love to You" at a Coppin State College talent show. Mario attended Milford Mill Academy up until the tenth grade where he was inspired by his music teacher, during his early teen years, and was offered a record deal at the age of fourteen, signing with Clive Davis' J Records. His musical influences include Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Nat King Cole, Brian McKnight, Boyz II Men, Usher, and Joe.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1986
    Born
    Born on August 27, 1986.
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