*It’s been five years since R&B’s disappearing act Mario has dropped an album.
But he’s back and ready to breathe new life into the genre, the singer says.
Mario’s new single, “Somebody Else,” features hip-hop enigma Nicki Minaj.
He accompanied the release of the record with a personal note to fans.
“Nothing can explain the excitement in my heart at this point & time in my life. I have changed so much as a man, artist, & creator, and I realize more and more everyday that it’s not about me. It’s about me doing what GOD wants me to do; change the world with my GIFT.”
“Somebody Else,” produced by Polow Da Don, is scheduled to hit iTunes on Tuesday, May 21.
“I hope this new song breathes new life into R&B and where I’m gonna take it!” Mario, 26, wrote in a handwritten note.
Gospel singer Yolanda Adams turns 51 today
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Aug. 27: Gospel singer Yolanda Adams is 51. Percussionist Bobo of Cypress Hill is 44. Actress Chandra Wilson is 43. Rapper Mase is 35. Actress Demetria McKinney (“House of Payne”) is 34. Singer Mario is 26.
Aug. 27, 1949: Paul Robeson’s scheduled singing appearance at the Lakeland picnic grounds in Westchester County, NY is disrupted by a riot instigated and provoked by whites angry at Robeson’s political stands. (Source: www.BlackFacts.com)
*R&B singer Mario has been through a lot lately, void of privacy of course. He was arrested not too long ago for allegedly assaulting his drug-addicted mother. The charges brought up against him were dropped, however, after she retracted her statement. In the midst of his trials and tribulations, Mario is still keeping his eye on the ball.
“My head, personally outside of music, is [focused on] getting to a place where I can continue to grow as the best man possible,” Mario tells Vibe. “Because one day-f**k the music, f**k the blogs- I’m going to be a father and I don’t want the things that I go through in this industry to affect my family.”
Despite his mother calling the cops on him, he says he will continue being a good son and support his mother regardless.
“I care about my mother’s health more than anything and her getting back on her feet,” he says. “It really doesn’t matter what happened to me. And she’ll tell you herself that I’ve always been there for her and will continue to be there for her.”
In response to his life’s situations, he is gearing up to release a new album. It’s in the music he finds refuge.
“I wanna give as much honesty as I can. I want to be honest, but grab the attention of everybody, but still compete so when you hear it on the radio it’s pushing the envelope,” Mario says. “The melodies coming out of me now are unorthodox- melodies I’ve never expressed before. Hopefully when I finally play it for my label, J Records, who’ve I always had a battle with… what they wanted, what I wanted… how they see me, how I see me… [they like it.]”
There is more to the story. Read the full interview here.
*Prosecutors have dropped misdemeanor assault charges against R&B singer and former “Dancing With the Stars” contestant Mario, reports the AP.
The artist, whose full name is Mario Barrett, was charged with second-degree assault for allegedly shoving his mother into a wall at their Baltimore home.
But a spokesman for the Baltimore state’s attorney’s office says Mario’s mother, Shawntia Hardaway, changed her story on the witness stand Tuesday. Hardaway said she was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when she called police and that her son never laid a hand on her.
Mario’s attorney, Billy Murphy, says it was clear from the beginning that his client never struck his mother and that Mario “remains committed to helping his mother battle her addiction.”
*R&B singer Mario tells UsMagazine.com that he isn’t “allowed to comment” on his recent arrest for allegedly assaulting his mother, but wants to make one thing clear: “I love my mother very much.”
Mario, 24, was charged with second-degree assault Friday after his mother, Shawntia Hardaway, told police that she feared for her life after he shoved her, yelled at her and damaged property in their Baltimore apartment.
A source tells Us the fight allegedly broke out because of her lifelong battle with drugs. The source says Mario learned his mother had withdrawn money from his bank account to support her habit and also charged up his credit cards. When he got home, he found her “cracked out on drugs,” the source says.
Though he was taken into custody, the source says the singer did nothing wrong; he was only trying to help calm his mother down. The source suspects all charges will be dropped.
Says Mario, “I will continue to support her any way that I can.”