mario vasquezMario Vazquez (born Mario Adrian Vazquez on June 15, 1977 from The Bronx, New York) is a pop\R&B singer who was known for appearing on the fourth season of the Fox network’s “American Idol” in 2005.

Before “American Idol,” Mario attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts & was also involved in the CityKids Reperatory Company. He was also a back-up singer on Michael Jackson’s album “Invincible.”

During his time on “American Idol,” Mario made it to the final round of 12 contestants, but he abruptly quit the competition a few days before the finals began, citing personal issues.

There was speculation about his sudden decision to drop out the show, but Mario appeared on “Good Day New York” and explained the reason he left “American Idol” because he wanted more artistic control and that he felt more restricted staying on the show. He was replaced on the show by contestant Nikko Smith.

In August of 2005, Mario signed a record deal with J Records\Arista Records.
galleryIn May of 2006, he released his debut single “Gallery” which peaked at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100, #39 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #15 on the Billboard Pop 100, #6 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart and #8 on Billboard’s Pop 100 Airplay chart, becoming Mario’s only highest chart appearance on the Hot 100 to date.
mvasquez albumOn September 26, 2006, Mario released his self-titled debut album which peaked at #80 on the Billboard 200 chart.
oneshotIn February of 2007, the follow-up single from the album “One Shot” was released to radio, but didn’t appear to make the Billboard charts at all.

During that same year, Mario found himself in some controversy when a man named Magdaleno Olmos (an employee at Freemantle Media which produces “American Idol”) filed a lawsuit against Mario, Freemantle Media and Fox Entertainment, claiming that Mario sexually harassed him and Olmos was terminated a few months after the incident when he tried to report it.

A judge later ruled that Olmos signed an agreement to “arbitrate all disputes and not file a lawsuit” and the lawsuit was sent to arbitration & then, it was put on hold.
everytime iIn 2008, Mario departed from J Records and worked with a few dance music DJs, appearing on collaborations in 2012 with Ted Nilsson & Hype Jones. During that same year, he released a 12-inch vinyl EP called “Everytime I…” which was released in Japan.

In 2012, he signed a record deal with ELEVEN 34 Records and began working on his second album.

In April of 2013, the lead single “One Shot” (which is a different song than the one on his debut album) was released to radio. Since then, it appears as if Mario continues to perform and work on his music, but it’s still currently unknown when his follow-up album will be released.

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