Mario Dewar Barrett was born on August 26, 1986 in Baltimore, Maryland. He goes by the mononym Mario, and is a talented singer, songwriter, and actor.
Mario grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and withstood a rough upbringing to achieve his dreams. He lived with his grandmother for some time while his mother struggled with drug addiction. At the age of four, Mario was already in love wiht music and wanted to be a singer. His mother, despite her problems, was very supportive and bought him a karaoke machine. Mario joined a musical group in high school at the Millford Mill Academy. He was inspired there by a music teacher to pursue his dreams, and was discovered as an outstanding musician in the tenth grade.
Mario was signed to a recording contract to Clide Davis' J Records at the age of fourteen and his first step into the music industry was on the Dr. Dolittle 2 movie soundtrack. Shortly after, Mario began working on his debut album.
Mario's debut album was released in July 2002, titled Mario, to great commercial appeal and critical success. The lead single, "Just a Friend 2002," a cover of Biz Markie's hit song of the same name, reached #4 on the charts. This album has sold 700,000 copies as of 2006.
The next album Mario released in 2004, Turning Point, was a departure from his initial work, as Mario wanted to record a more mature work. This album gained more appeal than the debut, and was certified platinum with the lead single, "Let Me Love You," being certified double platinum.
After his recording success, Mario landed a serious acting role in 2006. He starred alongside Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan in the hit movie Step Up¸ a dramatic movie focused around dance.
Mario's third album titled Go! was released on October 9, 2007, and dedicated to his mother. This album was not as commercially successful due to problems at the record label pushing the release back over half a year. Nevertheless, the album was certified gold, selling over 300,000 copies.
In another effort to honor his mother and be a positive influence in the community, Mario started the Do Right Foundation in March of 2008. The foundation is dedicated to educating and inspiring children who suffer from the drug addictions of their parents.
His fourth album titled D.N.A was released on April 28, 2009 and was his lowest-selling album in the United States. Mario plans to release his fifth album soon, which will be much more personal and feature a song dedicated to his mother for use as the theme song for his foundation.
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