Mario Biondi

mario biondi_top100Mario Biondi was born on 28 January 1971. Mario Biondi, born Mario Ranno, patiently and carefully cultivated his musical passion starting from a tender age alongside his father: singer Stefano Biondi, in honour of whom Mario took on his stage name. Many diverse experiences made Mario the great artist what he is today: from singing in church choirs to being session singer for niche labels, without neglecting his studies and learning the English language, being Sicilian from Catania, both by birth and by inclination. A lover soul music, in 1988 he began supporting artists of international standing, right up to the calibre of the legendary Ray Charles.

In 2006 Schema Records published Mario’s first album, “Handful of Soul”: 12 tracks with new songs alongside interpretations of the classic repertoire, a well-crafted blend devoid of commonplace standards. Mario’s debut was immediately met with enthusiasm from the public and fellow musicians, gaining four platinum records in a few months. 2007 was a particularly intense year for Biondi, involving him in bigger projects like the Sanremo Festival where he competed performing a duet with Amalia Grè, “Amami Per Sempre” (Love Me Forever). Shortly afterwards he released the single “No matter”, in collaboration with DJ Fargetta.

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2008 opened with a new, amusing prospect: the interpretation of two songs for the soundtrack of the re-make of that great Disney animation classic, The Aristocats: the songs “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat” (“Everybody Wants to do Jazz”, in the Italian version) and “Thomas O’Malley” (“Romeo the Coliseum Cat” in Italian).  “If”, released in 2009, was the second album with previously unpublished pieces by Mario Biondi and inaugurated his collaboration with his new label, Tattica. The album, recorded in Rome and Rio de Janeiro was preannounced by the radio release of the single “Be Lonely”, a song aired for months on end by major national networks. The album was the fruit of an artistic project of international scale.

In November 2011 “Due (With the Unexpected Glimpses)” was released, a popular record on an international scale. “Due”, “two” in Italian, stands for the two artists interpreting each song. It’s an album of duets, “With the Unexpected Glimpses” being a metaphor of what one always has before one’s eyes and takes for granted. In this work, the ‘unexpected glimpses’ are the collaborations and musicians duetting with Mario in covers and original songs of their own, to which Biondi decided to dedicate the record. For the whole of 2011 and 2012, Mario was touring Italy and abroad, taking part in several and prestigious Jazz festivals all over Europe.

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