Lucky boy. Young ladies are staking an early claim on this 15 year old crooner, Mario Barrett, the latest artist to be discovered by record guru Clive Davis.
“Girls will be outside my window” marveled the Baltimore native, who goes only by his first name. “They’ll watch me go in the house”.
For about a year, Mario has crashed at his manager’s pad while being home-schooled and groomed for success. “I’ve had some crazy experiences with girls” said Mario, who’s looking for “a certain special someone”.
“They call the house” he continued. “I don’t know what these girls are thinking”.
Why are these girls crazy over Mario? Well, word has it that he is touted as the next big thing by Clive Davis, 69, president of J Records. This was what Clive had to say. “The last time I got as excited about someone who has such worldwide potential, for many years to come, was with Alicia Keys”.
For months, the founder of Arista Records has been trotting out Mario at expensive media showcase parties across the globe. And he placed Alicia to work on Mario’s self-titled debut. She wrote and produced two of its 11 tracks, ‘2 Train’ and ‘Put Me On’.
“Working with Alicia was off the hook” said Mario, who co-wrote two of his own songs. “She taught me a lot. She told me to be myself on stage, and not to let the business change me.”
Mario’s debut track, entitled ‘Just A Friend’, is riding high on the Billboard charts.