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Mario Vasquez

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New York-born Mario Vazquez has already had the kind of exposure most new, and for that matter, established artists dream of, even though his debut Arista Records album won⿿t hit the streets until later this summer. The handsome and talented young Nuyorican has literally been seen and heard by over 30 million people nationwide. As one of the Top 12 finalists in the 2005 season of the television⿿s ever-popular ⿿American Idol,⿝ Mario scored millions of votes week after week before choosing to leave the show. ⿿I wanted to control my own destiny as an artist.⿝ Destiny, indeed: The day after the show⿿s season ended last year (with Carrie Underwood as the winner), Mario found himself auditioning in person for Clive Davis and his A&R staff. Davis took less than twenty-four hours to sign Vazquez to Arista Records, making him the first young male Latin artist on the label⿿s prestigious roster. ⿿I couldn⿿t believe it,⿝ Mario recalls. ⿿I sang the song ⿿Whatever Happens,⿿ which I had done on ⿿Idol⿿ acappella and I thought, ⿿Oh my God, I can⿿t believe this is happening!⿿ I had a recording contract! It was amazing.⿝ Arista⿿s A&R team immediately put Mario with chartmaking singer/songwriter Ne-Yo and the Stargate production team. The result: the infectious hit ⿿Gallery⿝ (the second most added single on the rhythm radio format its first week out), a prelude to what promises to be one of the year⿿s most exciting new albums. Working with producers Lester Mendez (Shakira), Luny Tunes, Soulshock & Karlin (Usher), Steve Morales (Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias), and The Underdogs among others, Mario says his Arista debut ⿿will reflect all my influences, growing up and living in New York. The city is such a melting pot and it⿿s so open to all kinds of music: I want my album to be a vehicle for all of that ⿿ from Latin pop, R&B, hip-hop and soul to tracks that take me back to hanging out in the city⿿s dance clubs as a teenager. I⿿m also very proud of being a Nuyorican so, of course, some of my songs will be in Spanish and Spanglish which is what we did with ⿿Gallery⿿: It⿿s very important for me to ⿿represent⿿!⿝ Growing up in the Bronx, Mario says his parents ⿿ both from Puerto Rico ⿿ provided his earliest musical influences. ⿿I have aunts and uncles who play music and my Mom used to make me sing when I was six!⿝ Yes, Mario insists, ⿿she made me sing! She loved the old school classic soul groups like The Stylistics and The Delfonics and the doo-wop groups like The Teenagers so she had me singing along with songs like ⿿La-La Means I Love You⿿ and ⿿So Young.⿿ Then, we had lots of Latin jazz records in the household ⿿ Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, The Fania All-Stars. Hearing all of those artists shaped me big time. When I look back, I⿿m so glad my folks introduced me to such a great range of music.⿝ ⿿I always loved singing so I knew that was what I wanted to do as career.⿝ Mario enrolled in New York⿿s renowned La Guardia School for Performing Arts (the original inspiration for ⿿Fame⿝), where his older brother had been a dance major. ⿿I was a vocal major,⿝ Mario recalls. ⿿That⿿s where I learned music theory and how to read music and it was during that time that I also started writing ⿿ first off poems and dramatic monologues and later songs.⿝ Joining the City Kids Repertoire Company, Mario found himself traveling the country, performing in front of the President and at charitable functions attended by major celebrities. ⿿It⿿s a youth empowerment group and I got to be the Latin ⿿face⿿ for the ⿿Big Help⿿ Campaign which was done with Nickelodeon. It was through the City Kids that I got a development deal with a record company,⿝ says Mario. ⿿One of the songs on my original demo was ⿿Whatever Happens⿿ and after (producer) Teddy Riley heard it, I ended up singing backgrounds on a project he was doing ⿿ Michael Jackson⿿s ⿿Invincible⿿ album. I really bugged out! Here I was, in the studio with Michael Jackson. I was like, ⿿That⿿s it, I don⿿t need to do anymore, I⿿ve made it!⿿ - then reality set in.⿝ Reality set in when Mario found his development deal going nowhere. ⿿I was doing nine-to-five⿿s, anything that would put me near the industry ⿿ working at photo studios, with art directors⿦and I got a break when I got signed to a jingle house.⿝ Following in the tradition of former jingle singers like the late Luther Vandross, Mario found himself singing alongside such name artists as Phoebe Snow and Lisa Fischer. However, feeling like he had lost his focus in pursuing his dream of a solo career, Mario decided to audition for ⿿American Idol⿝ and got in. For the ensuing months, Mario wowed the judges and the American public with his obvious passion for singing and love for music. With some smooth dance moves thrown in for good measure, he progressed each week: ⿿I felt like I had a shot at winning because there was no one else like me on the show. I was the only Latino in the Top 12. But something kept bugging at me about expressing my individuality as an artist so I quit while I was ahead. Sure, I had some sleepless nights and it was a tough decision. I kept it to myself to start with because I knew my family and friends would talk me out of it! When I did leave, I didn⿿t expect it to blow up in the media like it did and as for all the reasons people speculated for my leaving, I just said, ⿿hey, keep speculating!⿿ I⿿m grateful for all the exposure I got on ⿿American Idol⿿ and now I⿿d say it⿿s all worked out in my favor.⿝ Excited at bringing his soulful mix of pop, R&B, hip-hop and Latin music to the viewers who supported him every week as well as new audiences eager to hear Arista⿿s latest hitmaker, Mario is hard at work finishing his all-important debut album. ⿿I⿿m blown away to be working with people like Ne-Yo, who⿿s got this great song ⿿Lonely⿿ that I⿿m doing, Soulshock & Karlin who have a cool pop/soul track, ⿿Everytime I⿿ and Lester Mendez with whom I⿿m doing some things. It⿿s really great working with him, with both of us being Latino and bringing the influence of PR (Puerto Rico) to the music. That⿿s real important to me because I do want to be an inspiration to other young Latinos who want to make it in this business.⿝ With a stated goal ⿿to make my mark as a musical artist and do it all ⿿ sing, dance, act,⿝ Mario Vazquez is following his destiny. Looks like destiny is doing its part with the upcoming release of his debut, a hit-filled showcase for this dynamic young artist.

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Female, Age Private, Philadelphia, PA

Posted April 02, 2009


Papi, Good Luck with ur Music!! You really do have talent and you will go all the way up!! Dios te Bendiga!!! Y siga para ariba..... Que es lo mejor para ti! La Musica estupendo..... Me gusta.... =0)


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Female, Age Private, Bronx, NY

Posted February 26, 2009


...Good Luck, Papito...Que El Senor Te Bendiga...So Proud Of You...Wee Paaa...Peace/Love...


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Male, 50, Virginia Beach, VA

Posted March 01, 2008


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Female, 32, Chicago, IL

Posted February 09, 2008


Hey sweetie, I knew I saw your face before but I couldn't place it, didn't know if I knew you or not, then I remembered, Idol, lol no one can forget a talent like yours papa. So glad to see you rose above that non-sense and you're doin your own thing.

Tenga cuidado <3


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Female, 48, Philadelphia, PA

Posted February 06, 2008


hey sexy i wanted to tell you i love your music muahzz


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Female, 38, North Wilkesboro, NC

Posted August 22, 2007


In advance- If I ever meet this man, I would say "yes." In other words anything you want bABY!!!! The man of my dream is you, "Mario." MUAH! ;oX


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Female, 33, Jeffersonville, NY

Posted July 23, 2007


GO AHEAD PAPI YOUR DOIN YOUR THING YOUR DEFF GOIN PLACES HUN


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Female, 50, Brooklyn, NY

Posted May 03, 2007


goodmorning ,,i want to tell you i love your music ,,god bless you


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Female, 30, Orlando, FL

Posted April 13, 2007


ahi papi i love your music please keep it goin..muchos besos y abrasos


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Female, Age Private, Bronx, NY

Posted March 21, 2007


From auditions to Hollywood week to being on the top twelve, I knew you would be the next American Idol and here you are. Rise to the top baby, you got what it takes from your soulful voice to your fancy moves. Show the world how we Latino get down. God Bless you and good luck with your career, your gonna soar higher than u can imagine. Your fan from the boogie down???.. Ladylethal


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