In addition to singing, songwriter, actor, dancer, and model Mario Dewar Barrett (born August 27, 1986) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, dancer, and model. Baltimore, Maryland-native JAY-Z recorded his self-titled first album in 2002 after signing a record deal with J Records at the tender age of 14. “Just a Friend 2002,” which reached No. 10 in the charts, is featured on the album. “Let Me Love You,” from his 2004 album Turning Point, peaked at number one on the charts and earned him two Billboard Music Awards.
The singles “How Do I Breathe,” “Crying Out for Me,” and “Music for Love” was taken from his third studio album, Go, which was released in December 2007. The singles “Break Up” (with Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett) and “Thinkin’ About You” were taken from D.N.A., his fourth studio album, which was released in 2009. Mario was placed 98th by Billboard as an “Artist of the Decade” at the conclusion of the 2000s.  Dancing Shadows, his fifth album, was released in 2018 and featured a more introspective feel than his previous albums.
Early Life and Education:
Mario and his half-brother Derryl ‘D. J.’ Barrett Jr. was raised in Baltimore by their housewife mother Shawntia Hardaway and their gospel singer father Derryl Barrett Sr. As a drummer, Mario’s half-brother is a household name.
Mario was primarily raised by his grandma because his mother was an alcoholic and drug user. When he was four, his mother bought him a karaoke machine because he aspired to be a singer.
On his way to becoming an accomplished pianist, Mario was part of a group of students at Milford Mill Academy, an all-public high school.
The song “I’ll Make Love to You” that Mario sang in a Coppin State College talent event caught the attention of a talent scout and led to his signing with music producer Troy Patterson when he was just 11 years old. When Mario was 14, he signed with Clive Davis’ J Records, and he was inspired by Sam Cooke, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder at the time.
Mario Barrett Net Worth:
It is estimated that the net worth of American R&B singer/songwriter/actor/dancer Mario Barrett is $14 million. Mario Barrett, who was born in Baltimore, Maryland on August 27, 1986, is better known by his nickname. Mario was the first album he released as a solo artist. He has appeared in films such as Uncle P, Steps Up, Freedom Writers, and Destination Fame during the course of his acting career.
His television credits include Sabrina the Teen Witch, Dancing with the Stars, Love That Girl!, and One on One. A portion of Mario’s third studio album, Go, was devoted to her memory. Police were called to Mario’s mother’s Baltimore residence in 2010 after she claimed Mario had damaged property and pushed her, causing her slight pain, according to the Baltimore Sun.
In her words, it was the second time he had been physically abusive with her, and she was afraid for her life. When the musician was arrested, his attorney for him described it as “a sad event between a loving son and a mother who continues to struggle with a severe addiction to (heroin). A $50,000 bail was set for Mario after he was charged with second-degree assault. As a way to help children who have been affected by their parent’s drug use, Mario launched the Mario Do Right Foundation in March of 2008.
A career in Music:
The main single from his debut album, “Mario,” “And just a Friend 2002,” went to the top of numerous charts in March 2002.
Mario was subsequently asked to open for the Scream Tour 3, which included Jhene Aiko, Nick Cannon, and Marques Houston, among others.
Let Me Love You” topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for more than two months in December 2004, when Mario’s second album, “Turning Point,” was published. However, Mario lost his first lawsuit against Troy Patterson and was then sued by Troy for the second time when he lost the first time. Mario had claimed that Troy paid him only $50,000 for three million records sold. As his new manager, he selected J. Erving.
When Mario’s third album, “Go,” was published on October 9th, 2007, the Recording Industry Association of America awarded it a gold certification RIAA. There were plans for two more albums by Mario after the publication of his fourth album in 2014, “Evolve,” but those plans were later scrapped.
On October 5, 2018, “Dancing Shadows,” his fifth studio album, was published. On October 16, 2020, “Closer to Mars,” his extended play, will be released. It’s been confirmed that Mario will release his sixth studio album before the end of 2021, which he says he is currently working on.
It was August 11, 2006, when Step Up was released, and Mario played Miles Darby, a dancer in the film. Freedom Writers, which premiered on January 5, 2007, also included him. Before taking on the role, Mario did not take any acting training. According to Mario’s statements, he aspires to be a filmmaker and create his own film production firm, “Inside Paris Productions.” A new ABC pilot was being tested, Mario tweeted on March 5th, 2009, claiming he had made an ABC network test.  A non-primary source is required for this information. With the “Soft G,” he made an announcement to PBS’s The Electric Company. He was Spirit’s date to the dance in the film One on One.
Mario’s love life is kept under wraps, and nothing is known about the women he’s had relationships with.
A few months into their relationship, Jillian Barberie ended their relationship. “Good Day L.A.” was a morning news show that Jillian anchored from 1995 to 2012. She’s also an actress, a sportscaster, and an American hostess. Before dating Mario, she was married to Bret Barbene, and after their relationship ended, she married Gran Reynolds.
Mario is currently dating American singer-songwriter Kristina Marie ‘Kris’ Stephens, well known for writing songs for artists like Keyshia Cole, Chris Brown, and Shakira. In January 2021, she began seeing Mario.
Mario is now dating Kris Stephens and has never been married or had children.
Awards and Nominations:
For “Let Me Love You,” Mario was nominated for three Teen Choice Awards and a Choice Music: Love Song Award. “Let Me Love You” and “Turning Point” was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2006 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, and Best Contemporary R&B Album, respectively.
In 2010, Mario was nominated for a Kids’ Choice Blimp Award for Favorite Male Singer.