Mario Evon making moves in music

Mario Evon making moves in music

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He hasn’t fully traded in his scalpel and stethoscope for a mic and headphones, but these days you’re more likely to find Mario Evon on a stage or in a recording booth than in a hospital or doctor’s office. A trained doctor, Mario is busy pursuing his passion for music and has declared 2013 the “Year of M.E.” as he seeks put out new singles with music videos, establish a stronger presence and complete the finishing touches on his debut album “Reggae-Soul Volume 1: M.E. On Love”.

“I have finally been recording original material that I am very proud, and my vision for reggae-soul has become a lot clearer,” he told Pree Jamaica on the heels of his strong live performance on the talent stage at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival last month.

The audience that gathered at the talent stage received a potent dose of his reggae-soul sound in an uninterrupted 30-minute set that fell between performances by Dionne Warwick and John Legend on the main stage.

“I had a really good turnout in that particular time slot, and I managed to keep the audience engaged. It really went extremely well, and my aim was to have a good time and ensure the audience did the same… It was truly a magical night,” Mario recounted.

He showcased originals songs such as “Love In Di Mawnin’” and “You Used 2 Love Me”’, and the first release off his upcoming album, “Soul Tek”. He also delivered well-received covers of Bob Marley’s “Turn Your Lights Down Low”, Miguel’s “Do You…” in reggae style, and Boyz II Men’s “Water Runs Dry” as a medley with “Soul Tek”.

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Mario Evon thrills the talent stage crowd at the 2013 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival

These patrons delight in the performance of Mario Evon at the 2013 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.

The performance marked an auspicious start to the “Year of M.E.” for the self-styled “Prince of Reggae-Soul”, and his conviction to pursue his dream has never been stronger. Born Mario Guthrie, he started singing at age seven in the Mona Prep choir and later joined his high school choir at Campion College. At the University of the West Indies (UWI), he became a member of the University Singers and occasionally scored gigs singing background vocals for popular local artistes.

After earning his medical degree at UWI, his love of music led him to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he completed a degree in Songwriting and Music Business Management in December 2010. His musical journey to date hasn’t been without its fair share of challenges, but he notes that the support of his fans and family, as well as his personal faith have combined to strengthen his resolve.

He still practices medicine, but yearns to be fully immersed in music and entertainment in the very near future. After straddling Jamaica and New York, where he made it to the final round of Amateur Night at the Apollo, Mario now spends most of his time in his home country. His successful Kickstarter crowd funding campaign has allowed him to start recording material for his album, which he says is due for a surprise independent release this year.

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“I want people to expect to hear reggae and R&B fused in a way they haven’t before, as well as some straight ahead reggae and some straight ahead R&B. As the title suggests, the album is my take on love, infatuation and the many different scenarios a relationship can go through. The album will be mainly original material, with possibly a fun cover, and if there are collabos, I will let my supporters wait to see,” stated Mario.

The album will be self-produced, with Rohan Dwyer serving as studio engineer in Jamaica and Avi Gunther in New York. Two different teams of musicians in Jamaica and New York are helping to create the music. His team is rounded out by Yolande Whitely-Guthrie, legal advisor; Elva Clarke, assistant project coordinator; Randy Richards, photography; Taj Francis, graphic design; DJ Wayne Greezy (his brother); and other specially selected listening ears.

“All in all, I am very excited about creating and sharing my very first body of work that represents M.E. as an artist,” shared Mario.

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2 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Emma Lewis says:

    The first video has very bad sound! But good luck to you, Mario!

  2. Sultry says:

    I got the pleasure of seeing him perform on the talent sateg at Jazz N Blues and I was very imptressed. I am also a musician pursuing my dream as well and I say kudos to you Mario,you were awesome !

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