Òran Mór are delighted to welcome Mario Biondi, live in 2018.
Mario Biondi is a singer and composer, born in Catania, Italy on January 28,1971. His father Stefano Biondi was also a singer. Mario´s passion for music began at the early age of twelve when he sang in his church choir . His many musical experiences over time in Italy saw him develop more and more into an artist whose scope was destined to be international.
For a while he worked as a session singer – then in 1988 he had an important opportunity as support act on Ray Chales´ Italian dates.
His love for soul music helped shape his particular vocal styling that takes its cue from great vocalists like Lou Rawls, Al Jarreau and Isacc Hayes.
His first big break came in 2004 with the release of the single “This Is What You Are”. Originally planned for release only in Japan, the cool and irresistible song gets noticed by European radio. Well-known DJ, Norman Jay begins to feature the song on his BBC1 show playlist and Mario´s incredible voice crosses the European continent ahead of the artist himself. The British Consulate honours him with an award during the ceremony for Best Artist representing the Uk-Italy Business Association.
In 2006 Mario releases his debut album “Handful Of Soul”, recorded with the High Five Quintet. In less than three months it goes platinum.
2007 also sees the release of the single ” No Matter ” teamed -up with famed Italian DJ Mario Fargetta. During this time, Mario also records some inspired covers like Billy Joel´s “Just The Way You Are”. In November 2007 Mario releases a double album with the Duke Orchestra, called “I Love You More” recorded entirely live at the Smeraldo Theatre in Milano.
Mario accepts an invitation from The Walt Disney Company to record the Italian versions of “Everybody Wants To Be A Cat” and “Thomas O´Malley” from the classic animated film “The Aristocats”.
2008 saw some great collaborations with artists such as Chaka Kahn, Michael Bolton , Incognito and The Crusaders.
In 2009 Mario is once again on the San Remo Festival stage duetting with Karima Ammar on the song “Come In Ogni Ora” .The song´s producer and co-writer, none other than Burt Bacharach, was also on stage conducting the orchestra and playing piano.
In November 2009 Mario Biondi released “If” and the first single “Be Lonely” on the Tattica label. The album shot up the charts and went triple – platinum.
With a voice that references greats like Barry White, Issac Hayes and Lou Rawls while at the same time giving his own spin to the soul and jazz genres, Mario makes music passionately while at the same time, lighthearted and ironic.
In 2010 , Mario clocked -in thousands of miles for an all sold-out winter and summer tour that saw him performing with his 15 piece orchestra to thrilled audiences of all ages. A live cd,”Yes You” capturing that tour was released in November, 2010.
In 2013 Mario topped the Italian charts with his album ‘Sun’. Produced my Biondi and Jean-Paul Maunick of Incognito, it featured an array of big name guests and influences: Leon Ware, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau and James Taylor. It charted for over a year in Italy, and when a holiday album ‘Mario Christmas’ was released at the end of 2013, it followed ‘Sun’ to the top of the charts.
November 2016 sees Mario release ‘Best of Soul’, a double CD including the classic album ‘Handful of Soul’ and some great new material, including the single ‘Do You Feel Like I Feel.’
Òran Mór are delighted to welcome Mario Biondi for his first Glasgow date.