Born and raised in Baltimore, Mario started improving his natural vocal skills while singing along with his mom using a karaoke machine at home. The promising singer was discovered at
the age of 11 in a local talent show.

The pop-rap enthusiast traveled to N.Y.C. to become a new R&B artist, developed by producer Clive Davis soon after.

Following his contribution to the Dr. Doolittle 2 soundtrack and a captivating performance of Stevie Wonder's "You and I" at Clive Davis' Grammy party in February 2002, the newcomer was ready to get involved in the contemporary hip-hop scene. At the age of 15, Mario debuted with the release of "Just a Friend 2002," produced by Warryn Campbell and based on rapper Biz Markie's hit "Just a Friend." His self-titled album followed in July, featuring contributions by Grammy-winning Alicia Keys.

Mario says he's inspired by a ton of artists. Mario's main influences are Usher, Stevie Wonder and Brian McKnight.

Name De'Mario Monte Thornton

Hometown Cleveland, Ohio

Birthday June 13, 1985

Zodiac Sign Gemini

Siblings Strom and Ricky

Name Meaning He got his name beacuse of his raspy voice

In Free Tyme Play basketball, eat, wrestle

A Gurlz Gotta Be his frend, not so much his gurl; understanding, smart and someone wit goals

If He Were An Animal He Would Be A Cheetah

Favourite Foods Jambalaya and all fast foods

Favourite Subject Science

Favourite Colour Blue

Favourite Car C70 Volvo

Favourite Band IMX

Favourite Top 5 CD's J Lo, B2K, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Donell Jones and Mystikal

Favourite Hobby Basketball and Singin

Favourite Actress Halle Berry

Favourite Movie Cruel Intentions

Favourite Sports Basketball

Favourite Teams Lakers

What He Does In Off Tyme Playstation 2, shoppin and sleep

Artists Which Inspired Him IMX and Mickael Jackson

Artists He Would Like To Work With Michael Jackson

A Personal Interesting Story "I was was roller skating in front of gurls and fell twice."

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