R&B artist Mario had humble beginnings as a Baltimore teen aspiring to get his foot in the door in the music industry.
Mario got the opportunity of a lifetime at the young age of 13 when he was introduced to then J Records’ Executive Vice President of A&R Peter Edge and President Clive Davis.
Mario sang for Edge who found the “Go” singer impressive enough to introduce to Davis.
“I had no clue who Clive Davis was,” Mario said.
Mario, whose attire included just sweat pants, a cap, timberlands and earphones, met Davis in the Marriot hotel where J records offices were located.
“I’m nonchalant,” he said. “Got my earphones on. We go into the office and there’s like pictures of Whitney Houston, Bon Jovi and Sting and The Beatles.
“I walk in and there’s this fairly older dude sitting at this incredible table sitting at this incredible piano table,” he continued.
Davis, Mario said, asked him to sing.
“…He asked me to sing to him and I sang, “I’ll Make Love To You,” by Boyz II Men and “I Wish” by Carl Thomas.
“…He had asked me on the spot would I like to be his new artist signed to J Records and it was history from there.”
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