Some people like to sing in the shower; Mario likes to perform after getting out of it. “When I get out of the shower, sometimes I dance in front of the mirror nekked,” he says with a laugh. “One time I did it in my hotel room and I looked up and my window was open. There’s no shame in my game.”
Mario brings this unrestrained and fearless attitude to his sophomore album, Turning Point, especially on tracks that explore love and love lost and the 18-year-old Baltimore native admits an old crush confronted him about hiding his true feelings from her.
“She came up to me and said, ‘I know that song was about me,’” he begins to explain. “This was the girl – the one you know you go to school and used to look good for her. I wanted to be like, ‘Yes, it was about you! Can I have a hug?’ But I couldn’t let her know.”
But besides lessons of the heart, Mario has learned more about himself and where he wants to be as an artist since his phenomenal debut three years ago. “I can embrace (success) more because I can understand what it means to create something and see it come to life.”
Photo courtesy of Sony BMG Canada
Written by Faze contributor Sydnia Yu