"I use my voice to reach out to the world not just one race or culture by singing in other languages and combining R&B, pop and opera in my own style.”
— Mario Bryant, a rising American popera entertainer.
A native of Cerritos, California, a multicultural city in Los Angeles County, Mario Bryant was born into a musical family. "Music ran through my veins but I had big footsteps to follow," he said. "My grandfather sang, played the violin, piano, and sax. My grandmother sang and played the organ. My dad was a singer, preacher, drummer, and played organ. For me, the most influential musician in my family was Aunt Jossy who sang opera and gospel and she was a killer choir director."
Even with all that pressure, Bryant, at the age of 4, sang his first solo in his church choir. He was a musical natural and he wanted to learn more. "We didn't have a piano at home but I watched Aunt Jossy and others sing and play the organ in church," said Bryant. "I improvised when I found my father’s typewriter and pretended to play the piano."
His high school performing arts teacher encouraged him to take a different path from hip hop or rap. Bryant envisioned a bigger picture and wanted to use his music to reach out to the world not just one race or culture.
To continue to ride the wave of his musical career affirmation, Bryant entered the award-winning David Foster's contest, "Name Drop." He won and met with Foster to rehearse for a live concert at the Universal Amphitheater in Hollywood, California. The event was attended by several celebrities. "David and his orchestra played for me," said Bryant. "I was super nervous, but I did my thing."
Bryant added, "One of the highlights of the night was the moment Dr. Phil came backstage to congratulate me. He said, 'Great job, I was really impressed'. If David Foster and Dr. Phil liked my performance, then I knew I can do this." Once you hear Bryant sing, you will never forget his voice.
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