Mario

Mario

by MarioMario

CD

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2008
Label: Tombstone Records
UPC: 4988017662946
catalogNumber: 35478

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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

Technical Credits

Luther Campbell   Composer
Tony Black   Engineer
Clive Davis   Executive Producer
David Hobbs   Composer
Mischke   Arranger,Vocal Producer
Mark Ross   Composer
Troy Patterson   Executive Producer
Damon Thomas   Producer
Gregory Burke   Cover Layout
Jan Fairchild   Engineer
Chris Wong Won   Composer
Dave Russell   Engineer
Harvey Mason   Producer
Warryn Campbell   Composer,Producer
Peter Edge   Executive Producer
Alicia Keys   Producer
Harold Lilly   Composer
Marcel Hall   Composer
Thor Laewe   Engineer
Chris LeBeau   Photo Production
Erik Steinert   Pro-Tools
Jeff Allen   Engineer
John "Jubu" Smith   Composer

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