Mario

Mario

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With his confident debut album, charismatic cutie Mario is poised to become the next Usher or Tevin Campbell. Like his role models -- who both rose to stardom in their teens and benefited from the mentorship of a music biz veteran (L.A. Reid and Quincy Jones, respectively) -- the 15-year-old Baltimore native hasSee more details below

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With his confident debut album, charismatic cutie Mario is poised to become the next Usher or Tevin Campbell. Like his role models -- who both rose to stardom in their teens and benefited from the mentorship of a music biz veteran (L.A. Reid and Quincy Jones, respectively) -- the 15-year-old Baltimore native has been taken under wing by yet another respected hit maker, J Records' Clive Davis. Prior to his disc's release, the mature-sounding youngster made waves with his summer 2002 hit "Just a Friend 2002," an update of Biz Markie's comical 1989 rap song "Just a Friend." Mario offers more of the delightful same: breezy, lighthearted songs, several of which also borrow their catchy hooks from '80s hip-hop and R&B classics. "C'Mon," produced by Warryn Campbell (Brandy, Mary Mary), samples the "Whoo, Yeah" chorus from Rob Base's "It Takes Two," and "Put Me On," produced by Mario's label mate and self-proclaimed "big sister" Alicia Keys, borrows its synth and bubbling bass line bridge from Kleeer's funk jam "Intimate Connection." Keys also wrote and produced the jazzy, piano-driven "2 Train," which showcases Mario's vocal versatility. As not-easily-impressed American Idol judge Simon would say, Mario has "the X factor with a capital X" -- and with a winning combination of heartthrob appeal, strong vocals, ace production, and the support of a music maven, this kid from "Charm City" is well on his way to becoming a household name.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dan LeRoy
When considering the abilities and potential of teen pop stars from any genre, a certain amount of cynicism is not only healthy, but practically essential. Yet if you indulge too deeply, you overlook performers like Mario, the Baltimore-born singer whose Top Ten debut still flew under a lot of people's radars in a year dominated by B2K, Bow Wow, and other pubescent urban artists. Mario's self-titled first album, however, offers doses of the real thing; its combination of Nickelodeon-style charm and authentic substance are reminiscent of nothing so much as a young Michael Jackson, with none of the creepy subtext. While it misses out on the humor of the original, the cover of Biz Markie's "Just a Friend" proves a shrewd update of the unwillingly platonic classic, and serves as a gateway to better originals, including a few slow numbers most teens have neither the chutzpah to try or the chops to handle. "Chick Wit' da Braids" and the swirling, organ-laced "Never" lead that pack, and the second song about cornrows, "Braid My Hair," manages to evoke the downside of being a child star without sounding like an ungrateful punk. Naturally, you have to excuse a certain amount of filler to believe fully in Mario's potential, but most of these 11 tracks offer generous hints of it.
The Source
Mario, Clive Davis' latest protege, is at the top of today's teenage male R&B chain. His streetwise demeanor and natural flair for performing put a fresh spin on present-day young singers. Janique Burke

Product Details

Release Date:
07/23/2002
Label:
J-Records
UPC:
0808132002622
catalogNumber:
20026

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mario   Primary Artist
Mischke   Background Vocals
John Jubu Smith   Guitar
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Warryn Campbell   Multi Instruments
Alicia Keys   Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Mario   Background Vocals
Xavier Marquez   Guitar

Technical Credits

Tony Black   Engineer
Clive Davis   Executive Producer
Mischke   Arranger,Vocal Producer
Troy Patterson   Executive Producer
Damon Thomas   Producer
Gregory Burke   Cover Layout
Jan Fairchild   Engineer
Dave Russell   Engineer
Harvey Mason   Producer
Warryn Campbell   Producer
Peter Edge   Executive Producer
Alicia Keys   Producer
Thor Laewe   Engineer
Chris LeBeau   Photo Production
Erik Steinert   Pro-Tools
Jeff Allen   Engineer

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