Song:Let Me Love You
R & B singer Mario Dewar Barrett was 18 years old when he scored his only number one hit to date Let Me Love You in 2004. He has a new CD coming out and it remains to be seen if he can return to the top of the charts. He was born Aug. 27, 1986 in Baltimore. His mom was a drug addict so he was raised by his grandmother. Mario produced a documentary about his relationship with his mom called I Won't Love You To Death. MTV aired it in 2007. He learned to play the piano and started singing at an early age. He was discovered at age 11 by manager Troy Patterson and this led to a contract with Clive Davis' J Records at age 14. He made his recording debut on the soundtrack to Dr. Doolittle 2 and released his debut CD Mario in 2002. Just A Friend was his first top five hit and Mario was certified Gold. Because of his age, he became a big draw in the teen market. Mario's 2004 CD Turning Point was an even bigger success because Let Me Love You topped the Billboard Hot 100. Let Me Love You was produced by Scott Storch and Storch wrote it with Ne-Yo. Storch was a hot producer at the time but his cocaine addiction destroyed his career a few years later. Turning Point was certified Platinum and was a worldwide hit. The remix of Let Me Love You features rappers Jadakiss and T.I. Both versions are on Turning Point which is available as a budget CD. Since then Mario released Go in 2008 and D.N.A. in 2009. He's had mixed success and seems to struggle with the perception that he is a teen artist. With each album, he seems to declare that he's going for a more mature sound. Mario is now on RCA after J Records, Jive and Arista were folded into the parent label. Mario recorded an album in 2010 but scrapped it. He released the single Somebody Else featuring Nicki Minaj in May 2013 and the CD Evolve keeps getting pushed back. It still hasn't been released. It just seems that Mario and RCA are a little nervous about this CD. Mario has done some acting. You probably saw him in the 2006 film Step Up. He seems to be concentrating on his music right now. Sometimes you can be forgotten when you haven't released a CD for four years. We'll see how he does. Here's the video for Let Me Love You by Mario.