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Mario M. (El Rockero) is a bilingual Latin Pop Rock singer from NY. This ambitious Bronx born bilingual Puerto Rican began his musical career at the age of 16 when he formed the bilingual boy band "Fuego". Fuego's star shone brightly on the N.Y. scene for a few years with special performances and playing to audiences of all sizes all over N.Y. including shows as special guests at the Symphony Space Theater, Club Ipanema, the N.Y. Armory and Belmont Racetrack. The buzz created by Fuego culminated in a record contract offer and an appearance in NY's Puerto Rican Day Parade.
Fuego turned down the record offer, however, as group members were looking to do other things by that point. Mario went and formed another group, this time under the stage name of Vogue and being the leader, lead singer and main songwriter for a Hard Rock group named Vogue's Rogues. Vogue's Rogues was a different type of hard rock band as the lyrics that Mario wrote as Vogue were songs of hope, positivity and filled with social and environmental commentary. Formed in 1988, they put out a self-produced EP in 1992 which received worldwide international acclaim in the hard rock underground scene. This acclaim along with VR's personal touch with their fans helped Vogue's Rogues to gain an International Fan Club and they were signed to World Conquest Records in 1995. Mario produced their debut album "Desecration of an Innocent World", which was released in January 1996 and received favorable responses from the press and fans worldwide. It also received college airplay in the U.S. and their first single titled "Get a Life!" reached #3 in airplay in Europe on Hard Rock radio. A brief North East U.S. tour was done in promotion of the album. However, as the music scene changed, Vogue's Rogues eventually disbanded.
Always admiring the music and careers of Latin male artists such as Alejandro Sanz, Juanes, Chayanne, and Ricky Martin, Mario decided to return to his roots and enter the world of Latin music again. This time as a solo artist under his given name of Mario. His debut album as a solo artist titled "De un corazón a otro" was released in 1999 and spotlighted his song-writing and lyric writing proficiency as he wrote, composed and arranged all the music and lyrics contained on the CD, which incorporated Pop and Salsa with Música Romántica. 3 songs off the album received good airplay in the U.S. and Internationally. With the release of his 2nd Latin album "Rockero Soy", Mario M. decided to bring more of his other roots into his music and incorporated Rock and Flamenco into his Latino mix. "Rockero Soy" was released in May 2004 and once again spotlighted his song-writing and lyric writing proficiency, in addition to having produced the album. After many delays due to many personal issues, including the loss of his beloved mother in 2009, Mario released his 3rd solo bilingual album "El Camino Espiritual" (The Spiritual Walk) in 2011. The album further expanded Mario's Rock / Pop Latino mix of music, this time also incorporating piano and acoustic ballads along with Mario's emotional vocal style resulting in a powerfully moving album. All the while in between albums, Mario kept building his close relationship with his fans which he warmly calls his Dreamers. "I call my fans my Dreamers because I have a song on "El Camino Espiritual" titled "Esperanzas de un Nuevo Dia" (Hope of a New Day) that really represents what I'm all about. Since my fans are a major part of my journey, they are my Dreamers".
Mario created and began doing music with his Inspirational Rock music act Society's Soul. A debut album "Soulscream" was released in 2014. New music from Society's Soul was released in late 2019.
Mario returned to the studio in 2017 to work on new Latin music. He then began the songwriting process for 2 new EPs. Mario released album #4, a Latin Rock/Pop EP titled "Amar es Vivir" on April 6, 2018 and will be releasing album #5, a Tropical Latin EP in 2020.
The Latin Rock/Pop EP titled "Amar es Vivir" (To Love is to Live) features emotional songs about life, love and humanity. If you haven't heard Mario's music before, this EP is a great introduction to this wonderful Latin artist.
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