In mid – 1990’s he got signed with Rowdy Records and his breakthrough came as songwriter, musician and producer on R.kelly’s “I can’t sleep baby” and “you remind me of something”, plus 3 more tracks on R.kelly album in 1995.
He also worked with pebbles and 98 degrees. He released his debut “story of my heart” in 1997 Motown, his “don’t know” reach R and B top 50, but didn’t make chart. He teamed up with bad Boy and drum in “come with me” from the album by P.Diddy and Jimmy Page, draw from the classic Led Zeppelin song “Kashmir” from their 1975 album “Physical Graffiti”.
His producer credit line up for artiste as P.Diddy, Notorious BIG, Lil Kim, Faith Evans, Loon, Black Rob, and 112, these were on Bad Boy records. But outside the bay boy zone, he has worked with Destiny’s Child, Mary J Blige, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, Ice cube, Tamia and Brian Mcknight.
Then he helped produced bad boy remix compilation, “we invented the remix” in 2002. In 2001 – 2005, he releases his 2nd debut “hurt no more” the album was explosive cause it was based on stories of love and betrayal. “I don’t wanna know” featuring Diddy and Enya was released in 2004. Enya got a spot, due to a reached agreement between Mario and Enya as result of Enya drums been used, this track got the #1 spot in Germany and on the rhythmictop40 and radio chart in the United States, then later #2 on the billboard100, “Hurt no more” was released in April 20, 2004 and reached #1 on billboardRandB/hiphop album, #2 on billboard200 and 33 on UK’s album chart. Mario also appeared on Diddy’s album “Press Play” and singing in “Through the pain (she told me)” and the single last night in 2006.
Now is 2013 and as at last year, he gave the hint of his next LP. One thing we are sure of is that, Mario music always vibrates the body and soul. So keep a date with June 2013, with #HisPurpose# by Mario Winans.
Efefiong Umo wrote in from South Africa
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