Mario In-depth Biography
Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Mario} started improving his natural vocal skills while singing along with his mom using a karaoke machine at home. The promising singer was discovered at the age of 11 in a local talent show. The pop}-rap} enthusiast traveled to N.Y.C. to become a new R&B} artist developed by producer Clive Davis} soon after. Following his contribution to the Dr. Doolittle 2} soundtrack and a captivating performance of Stevie Wonder}'s "You and I"} at Clive Davis}'s Grammy party in February 2002, the newcomer was ready to take the first step and get involved in the contemporary hip-hop} scene.
At the age of 15, Mario} debuted with the release of "Just a Friend 2002,"} produced by Warryn Campbell} and based on rapper Biz Markie}'s hit "Just a Friend"} on his 1989 album The Biz Never Sleeps}. His self-titled album followed on July 23, 2002, featuring contributions by Grammy-winning artist Alicia Keys}. ~ Drago Bonacich, All Music Guide