The second day of MusicFest, Friday, August 28th, the free outdoor music performances start at 5:00 pm with Gospel singer, Melinda Watts, followed at 5:30 pm by J Moss. Hip Hop duo, Clipse comes on at 6 pm, R&B balladeer, Mario takes the stage at 7 pm.
Natural can be described as innate or instinctive in essence, disposition or temperament. Quite simply, natural can be summed up as God-given or God-inspired because it comes so easily. When 20 year-old Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, actor Mario realized that his talents came to him naturally, his growth and acceptance of these gifts aptly produced his third album, Go. “I feel like this is what I’m supposed to be doing. I’m supposed to be at this place in every aspect of my life, from personal to business. This is where I am, this is where I chose to be.”
As a self-described old-soul, the wunderkind reflects on his journey introspectively, “I’ve always been that way, I’m just able to express myself more and I have time by myself instead of everybody always being in my ear. When you have time by yourself, you can see and analyze things for what you think they are.” “As you grow, you learn more about yourself and come upon things that touch people,” adding, “what makes me happy most is that I’ve changed lives.
Carefully weaving the fabric of his life over delicately orchestrated rhythms, Go utilizes its hip-hop influences, throwback soul sensibilities and lyrical honesty to demonstrate just what’s been on Mario‘s mind. The result has been to overcome life’s challenges in order to pursue his love for singing and turn that love into the stellar music career that he’s experiencing today.
Back in January 2007 Mario caught a lead role as an at-risk student in Freedom Writers with Hilary Swank. He looks toward the distant future to reposition the spotlight off of himself and his personal accomplishments in order to develop and invest in other things – music, artists and a non-profit for underprivileged kids and those that grew up with parents with substance abuse problems like him.
Maturing and accepting who he is becoming is the greatest gift Mario could have ever given to himself, and thankfully, his fans get to come along for the ride.
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