Mario Vazquez

Mario Vazquez


6/15/1977, Bronx, New York City, New York, USA

Birth Name

Mario Adrian Vazquez


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Mario is known as the contestant that quit American Idol after qualifying for the top twelve. He did not sign any contracts thereby creating rumors that he quit so that he wouldn't have to. Mario released a single on 05/02/06 entitled "Gallery" that was written by Ne-Yo. His…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • After Mario withdrew from American Idol 2005's top 12, he was replaced by Nikko Smith.

    • Some of the producers that have worked with Mario are Ne-Yo, Soulshock and Karlin (Usher), Lester Mendez (Shakira), Scott Storch (50 Cent, Christina Aguilera) and Luny Tunes (Daddy Yankee).

    • Mario listened to Doo Wop and Motown classics as a young boy.

    • Mario's parents were the ones who provided his earliest musical influences.

    • Mario was involved in the City Kids Repertoire Company in New York City. It enabled him to travel the country and perform in front of the President and at major charitable functions and shelters.

    • Mario is of Puerto Rican and American descent.

    • Album: Mario Vazquez
      Release Date: September 26, 2006
      Label: Arista Records
      "I Bet"
      "One Shot"
      "We Gon' Last"
      "Don't Lie"
      "Just A Friend"
      "Fired Up"
      "4 The 1"
      "Everytime I..."
      "How We Do It"
      "She Got Me"
      "Like It Or Not"
      "We Supposed To Be"

    • Mario's manager is Arnold Steifel, who is of Rod Stewart fame.

    • Mario signed a contract with record executive Clive Davis and Davis' Arista Records on August 2005.

    • Mario performed on the Cartoon Network Friday block on August 25, 2006.

    • Both Parents are from Puerto Rico

    • Auditioned for Clive Davis the day after season 4 of American Idol ended, it took less than 24 hours from the audition to sign a contract.

    • He dropped out of Idol so he can pursue his singing career in his own terms.

    • Mario is an alumnus of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.

    • First single to be released since American Idol is "gallery" which was released in english and spanglish and has a remix featuring baby bash.

    • Mario sang backup on Michael Jackson's "Invincible" album on the track "Whatever Happens".

    • Mario has been signed to a record deal with J Records, which is also the label of prior idol winners Ruben Stoddard and Fantasia.

  • Quotes

    • Mario: Once the album drops, we're going to be on a major tour. Right now we're trying to book an opening act spot, I'm hoping maybe Christina Aguilera when she decides to do a tour. That's someone I like and am interested in working with in the future. As well as Alicia Keys, hoping maybe that will come back out since she's my labelmate. We're gonna do the whole promotion bit. I feel like I was born to sing, the most comfortable I feel is on stage, if they want me they can have me.

    • Mario: I feel like I'm representing a Nuyorican vibe Not necessarily Boricua... Me being Latino, I'm representing Latinos. For myself, I just wanna get clear that I'm a musician, no matter what I am. Latino, Chino, I'm a musician first. That's my love, I want to make beautiful music for everyone. I want to represent my culture right, but I just want to represent myself as an artist. I want to evolve, that was really important to me, longevity. My opinion of other idols and how the show works every season. People get caught up, its like a factory, now that I see it. It's a catch 22, you gotta impress the people because if you don't, it will eat you up and spit you out. This industry's real hard, you gotta make sure you stand out.

    • Mario: I have aunts and uncles who play music and my Mom used to make me sing when I was six!

    • Mario: I feel this record represents everything I enjoy listening to and that it shows my versatility as an artist. It's edgier, grittier than people who saw me on 'Idol' might expect: I wanted to make an album that is a 100% me. Now it's time to put it out there and see what happens: I just hope it does well.