How much is Mario Barrett worth?
|Net Worth:||$3 Million|
|Date of Birth:||April 4, 1973|
|Country:||United States of America|
“There’s nothing like hearing an album mixed and mastered, and as a full body of work. People have been hearin’ music here and there, some snippets, some records on the web, but a full body of work itself is amazing.” — Mario Barrett
Who Is Mario Barrett
Mario Barrett (known professionally as just Mario) was born in the city of Baltimore and raised in different parts of Maryland. His mother, Shawn, had a drug problem while young Mario was growing up, so the boy spent a lot of time being raised by his grandmother. In interviews, Mario has said that by the time he was four, he knew he wanted to be a singer. But he got sidetracked and eventually joined a gang and was selling drugs. His mother though, tried to keep him away from street life by encouraging his talent for singing and performing.
Born: Mario Dewar Barrett, Aug. 27, 1986. Raised in Baltimore County, Maryland.
His Big Break
Partially due to his mother’s encouragement, Mario dedicated himself to music and began to make a name for himself locally. When he was only 14, was offered a deal with – and signed by – J Records. In July 2002, when he was only 16, Mario’s self-titled debut album was released, selling more than half a million copies. At this time, Mario became a bona fide teen sensation. Two years later, in December 2004, his follow-up album, Turning Point, was released. At this point, Mario was 18 and the album was more mature than his first released, as evidenced by the cover photo, with Mario wearing a suit jacket.
Mario’s third album, originally titled Mario Barrett – Effortless, was originally slated for in release in November 2006, but would up being pushed back several times throughout the following year. In October 2007, MTV aired the documentary I Won’t Love You to Death: The Story of Mario and His Mom, which dealt with his mother’s addiction to drugs. In the documentary, Mario tries to get help for his mother. Then in December 2007, Mario’s third album, retitled Go, was finally released by J Records.
In addition to singing, Mario is both an actor and part of the songwriting/production team Knightwritaz. In 2006, he appeared as a character in the dance-themed movie Step Up and in 2007, he played an inner-city high school student in the movie Freedom Writers. Knightwritaz is a four-person team and also includes Warren “Oak” Felder, Marsha Ambrosius (of British duo Floetry) and Sterling Simms. They have produced songs for Mario, Jennifer Lopez and Chris Brown, among others.
The originally scheduled release date for Mario’s third album was November 2006, but it wasn’t until December 2007 that it eventually came out. And after finally listening to the final version of the album, one thought immediately comes to mind: all that wait for this? Just like about half the male R&B; singers under 30 out there, Mario has bitten a big chunk out of Usher‘s vocal style, plus added some R. Kelly-style raunch to his lyrics, seemingly to shake things up and throw some dirt on his previously squeaky clean image. But Mario’s occasional bawdiness here is crude, distasteful and completely unnecessary.
Squeaky-Clean No More
Go is the first Mario album that carries a parental advisory sticker, and for very good reason. On the album’s opening song, the high-cardio, Neptunes-produced title track, “Go.” On the song, Mario (he pronounces his name mary-oh) shows that he’s headed in a very adult direction with his third album:
“Hey, I think I really wanna be your lover, Not the one you wake up to, A n*gga call and touch ya, don’t wanna f**k you like no other I’m not tryna Range Rov truck ya, or diamond clutch ya, Ain’t really tryna meet yo mother, just wanna f**k you like no other.
The good and bad news is that “Go” is by far the worst track on the album. There’s other not-so-good songs, like “Kryptonite,” featuring crap rapper Rich Boy and “Let Me Watch,” with Dipset scrub Juelz Santana, but they don’t match “Go” for sheer crappiness.
As you might expect if you’re at all familiar with Mario’s work, the best songs here are the tender ballads. The first two singles, “How Do I Breathe” and “Crying Out for Me” aren’t masterpieces, but they’re among the album’s better tracks, as is the uplifting “Do Right.” But the songs that take the cake (in a good way) are Mario’s cover of Keith Sweat‘s “Right and a Wrong Way,” and an acoustic version of “Let Me Love You” that’s available on the UK and Japanese versions of the album. Both are beautifully-sung songs whose tremendous emotional impact ultimately rescues the album. So the bottom line here is when he sticks to familiar territory – lush, romantic ballads and mid-tempo tracks – he sounds great. But when he tries uptempo party tunes and sex songs, he’s lost.