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Mario Dewar Barrett, known professionally as Mario, is an American singer/songwriter/actor/dancer/model from Baltimore, MD. He is best known for the singles “Just A Friend” (2002) and “Let Me Love You” (2004), which won him two Billboard Music Awards. He has released five studio albums “Mario” (2002), “Turning Point” (2004), “Go” (2007), “D.N.A.” (2009) and “Dancing Shadows” (2018). At the end of the 2000s decade, Mario was ranked No. 98 by Billboard magazine on their “Artist of the Decade” list. His fifth studio album, “Dancing Shadows”, which was released in 2018, saw him in a more introspective sound. His 2020 single “Closer” started a Closer Challenge on the social media platform Tik Tok. Aside from his recording career, Barrett has also appeared in such films and television shows as Step Up (2006), Freedom Writers (2007), and Empire (2018-2020). In 2019, Barrett starred in the television production of the musical Rent.