Los Angeles CA - GRAMMY® Award-nominated, multiplatinum-selling singer, songwriter, producer, and actor, Mario releases his highly-anticipated fifth studio album, Dancing Shadows today via his own New Citizen label and EMPIRE. Download the album here and watch brand new video
Dancing Shadows was recorded in London and executive produced by prominent writer/producer/engineer, Jake Gosling who’s credits include Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Harry Styles, Daft Punk, and Lady Gaga to name just a few. Pushing boundaries, Mario taps into the R&B spirit fans know and love and elevated the genre to a new level, experimenting with expansive electronic soundscapes mixed with live instrumentation & a overall new genre he’s coined as Cosmic Soul.
Of the album, Mario says “This album was the process of me becoming a true artist. Peeling back layers of experiences through my career and personal life for the substance and aesthetic of this album. I feel that there are many nostalgic moments on this project that fans will connect with, songs that can be felt as soundtracks to where the culture is today as well as where we are individually as one. From the motivational force of ‘Good Times” to the laid-back vibe and coolness of “ Goes Like That”, I wanted to take my fans on a ride of my personal taste in music and also use my voice to help push the culture forward.”
The lead single, “Drowning” continues to climb the charts at urban AC after being #1 most added at the format.
You can also catch Mario on Fox's Empire as a recurring character playing the role of “DeVon," an up-and-coming R&B singer who supports his ailing sister. Mario's prior acting credits include the TV series Love That Girl! and the films Freedom Writers and Step Up.
At 14 years Mario became Clive Davis’ protege, and his eponymous debut studio album rolled out in 2002 featuring his first top five R&B/pop hit “Just a Friend 2002.” Two years later, Mario revisited the upper echelons of the Billboard charts with his double platinum sophomore set Turning Point which spun off the melodic double-platinum Hot 100 chart-topper “Let Me Love You” which stayed at #1 for 9 consecutive weeks.
Mario is ready to reclaim his role as a standard-bearer of progressive R&B/Pop with Dancing Shadows.