R&B singer Mario Talks Family, Strength and Making Music to Reach His Fans

R&B singer Mario has been dealing with obstacle all his life, but the last two months really tested his strength. The “Music For Love” singer, who was charged for assaulting his drug-addicted mother, which was later dropped after she retracted her statement, is now looking at all things a head and not focusing on what people are saying. “My head, personally outside of music, is [focused on] getting to a place where I can continue to grow as the best man possible,” Mario tells Vibe. “Because one day—f**k the music, f**k the blogs— I’m going to be a father and I don’t want the things that I go through in this industry to effect my family.” Even with his mother calling the cops on him, Mario, who is glad to be “vindicated,” says he will always be there for her no matter what. “I care about my mother’s health more than anything and her getting back on her feet,” he says. “It really doesn’t matter what happened to me. And she’ll tell you herself that I’ve always been there for her and will continue to be there for her.” Now switching that same “strength” to his music and upcoming album, Mario says he just wants to share his feelings with his fans. “I wanna give as much honesty as I can. I want to be honest, but grab the attention of everybody, but still compete so when you hear it on the radio it’s pushing the envelope,” Mario says. “The melodies coming out of me now are unorthodox— melodies I’ve never expressed before. Hopefully when I finally play it for my label, J Records, who’ve I always had a battle with… what they wanted, what I wanted… how they see me, how I see me… [they like it.] Still keeping a sense of the business and how music is today, Mario hopes his record label will let him tell his proper story. “When you go through things like that, strength comes in. When you have to be stronger than people think you are, you just have to do it,” he says. “I know there’s something bigger for me out there and for my mom. I have a job to do… a very important job. And I love music. At the end of the day it all goes back to that. One of the most frustrating things is that when I make the music I wanna make it doesn’t always get out to my fans because there’s something called a record label that tries to change directions.” Read the full interview on Vibe.com


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