Why I Love Appleton - Mario Evon - This is just a lil contest entry from Xmas 2012 about Why I love Appleton. Didn’t win, but had fun producing it and laying the vocals. It’s kinda funny.
Source: SoundCloud / Mario Evon
Why I Love Appleton - Mario Evon - This is just a lil contest entry from Xmas 2012 about Why I love Appleton. Didn’t win, but had fun producing it and laying the vocals. It’s kinda funny.
Source: SoundCloud / Mario Evon
So Wednesday, October 30, 2013 I had the pleasure of speaking to the 6th formers of my Alma mater, Campion College, about following their dreams, believing in, and finding their authentic selves. I always hear people talking about how much you learn when you teach, and the experience felt almost more enlightening to me than it may have been for them.
The fountain now in the middle of the Courtyard, which in my day was the staff parking lot. This is a much better touch. There are a few coins in there too.
Firstly it was just lots of fun. The students were well-behaved, cool, asked awesome questions and were very willing to participate. There were at least 70 persons in the room, and to be honest I had no idea when they congregated in the lecture room, but they were there to see me, and I thank them for coming out. Who is this Mario Evon dude anyway, and why should we come listen to him? That’s the question I probably would have asked if I were them, but somehow they were curious enough to come and stay, irrespective of whatever I was about to offer.
After my introduction, and telling my story, I sang John Legend’s ‘All of Me’, which was well-received, then launched into my recap. I would say this recap summed up many of the things I have learned about life thus far, and wished someone had told me a long time ago. It also summed up the essence of some of what I wanted them to go home with. So here goes:
Remember what it is that makes you smile and feel fulfilled all the time.
Get involved, because the relationships you build now are some that will last for the rest of your lifetime, and you never know who may open a door for you in the future.
Once you find your love, chase it fearlessly and without shame. - Only you will truly know what you love. Knowledge of self is key. This doesn’t happen overnight.
Do your research - Especially as Jamaicans we must ensure that we don’t feel limited by anything that we don’t have here. There is always a way - Scholarships, grants…Google it.
Don’t let others define you, but be open to constructive criticism.
Have great vision & ambition.
Be practical - Do what you love but sometimes you may have to do other things to get to that ultimate love, and don’t frown on those steps inbetween.
Be patient - Anything you love will require hard work and not occur overnight.
Define your own success. Too many times our success is determined by external people and factors.
Work hard but enjoy the journey. Discipline/Drive/Determination are key, and celebrate small successes.
Be supportive and kind to others - Your talent will only take you so far. You, the package, will take you much further. Karma is real.
Don’t be afraid to fail - “Failure often does that for people. It reawakens us to who we really are and to what we truly want, and it shakes us out of complacency.” - Robin Sharma, ‘The Surfer, The Saint & The CEO.”
Don’t take this moment for granted. Be grateful for what you have - There is someone dying to be in your shoes right now.
It’s all about the journey, not the destination.
On my request for ‘Crazy Faces’ this is what we came up with.
This was followed by more and more singing, and one of my new Campion crew, Maria (aka Big singa Maria) came down to share a song too. How ironic she had the feminine version of my name. She will be big one day…I’m calling it.
M.E. & Maria
After this came the school tour by Ms. Katie Stewart (my old Bio teacher and friend). Everything was so different from my days, but thankfully in an amazingly good way. I will let the pictures speak for themselves, and I wish I had old pics to show you real comparisons. Check out more pics on my Facebook Fan Page at this link —-> https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151694490126962.1073741829.16497476961&type=3
Brick is definitely more friendly than the asphalt of the old days.
It was just a really great experience and I thank Alexis Goffe and Katie Stewart for making it happen, and I really can’t wait to be back.
Katie & I. We haven’t aged a day, lol.
Hail Campion Hail! It really had been too long.
Inspired to write again after Tessanne’s riveting performance on NBC’s hit reality TV series, ‘The Voice’, I am rendered speechless, but at the same time very anxious to speak.
The impact of this performance on the country of Jamaica, the Caribbean and the world, has been extremely intense to say the least, and there is so much to be said about what happened, what is about to happen, and what could potentially happen.
Firstly I would like to personally congratulate Tessanne for taking the risk to audition for a show such as ‘The Voice’. With her local accolades it would seem that an artist of her calibre would have no need to be on a US reality show, but little do people realize, her audience has been mainly a Caribbean audience. She also hasn’t released a lot of new material recently, so this was actually the perfect opportunity to introduce herself to a new fan base. Thanks to Jamaican DJ, Shaggy for making the suggestion to her.
After years of honing her already stellar gift, it would seem like this is divine timing in her career. Many forget the impact of every tweet, instagram photo, FB share etc. adorning this Jamaican artist who represents the ‘Out of Many One People’ of Jamaica in such a unique but fitting way. Now the world can see a Jamaican who is not the stereotypical darked-skinned locked reggae singer, but a mixed race Jamaican with an undoubtedly Jamaican accent, and a true sense of national pride. This topped off by having vocal cords comparable to or even better than some of the best power singers there have ever been.
Now the massive population of America. and the rest of the world, can tap into her already created album, available on iTunes, bringing in for her an increase in her passive income stream from album sales. Yet the naysayers would argue “She doan need fi deh inna dat.”, again reflecting the short-term scope we have chosen to apply to so many things in this culture.
What Tessanne has done for herself, Jamaica and Jamaican music, is successfully re-opened a very large door that was preventing us as Jamaicans from crossing into genres and places where we were never expected to stay afloat. Making it evident to the world that the brilliance that we exhibit in sports also exists in the arts, and through the brilliant minds that are born and raised in our country. I like to think of this door as a swinging door, because we are not to deny those that have come before Tessanne and paved the way in music, from Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff to Shabba, Patra, Sean Paul and Shaggy, we have never been denied in the international music scence.
Tessanne Chin amongst the 1st 5 members of #TeamAdam
I am beaming with pride, and though early out the gate, I think my prediction of her winning ‘The Voice’ will be an even more epic experience for us, and then we will see where next her journey goes. Truth be told, she doesn’t have to move one step further in this competition, because all who needs to see her I assure you are already bidding.
Last but not least, Jamaican artist, Protoje, spoke quite frankly about the Jamaican government not being proud of their culture, in a recent OnStage interview. Though I wouldn’t use those words per se, I have to agree with him that the investments that have seemed obvious to be made in our entertainment sector, have been ignored. The government has repeatedly missed the mark with taking the bait to sustain things that attract so much attention to the country. Proto mentioned that we don’t have a proper indoor live music venue, yet our own artists travel far and wide to perform in many.
We don’t even have a stable standardized high school music education system. We haven’t taken the time to see that Jamaican children need instruments and creative development, and that it would probably take them off the streets and have them doing something that would serve them better mentally and otherwise.
I really have said enough. As a musician myself, who has been formally trained and made many sacrifices for music, I have connected to it in a way that words cannot express. Having myself auditioned for a few of these same international shows, I could have very well have been in the same position as Tessanne, but my time is not now. Tessanne has the world stage, and for this I am proud and immensely supportive. There is nothing I have wanted more for her ever since hearing her voice, but for it to get the recognition it truly deserves. She is a humble, proud Jamaican with a talent like no other. I wish her every success that is to come, and I wish for Jamaica to take more responsibility for our arts.
Every man for himself has always worked, as artists have long nurtured and believed in their gifts, but it’s time the country steps in and helps more people to truly realize their potential, and also capitalize off of brand Jamaica in a way that allows everyone to have their bread and butter.
I am MARIO EVON, Jamaican ‘Reggae-Soul’ Singer/Songwriter. UWI (Mona) and Berklee College of Music graduate. Lover of food, exercise and life as we know it. Follow me here on ‘M.E. Exposed’. Also check out my new single, ‘Soul Tek’. Blessed love.
I’m an Independent Musician, so I guess if I don’t have a legitimate 9-5 job, the rest of my time I don’t really do anything, BUT:
1. Book rehearsal rooms
2. Coordinate musicians
3. Plan set lists
4. Get the show and promo flyers designed, proofed and printed
5. Get the show tickets designed, proofed and printed
6. Listen to mixes of songs for my new album with the precision to ensure I will be happy hearing them for the rest of my life
7. Distributing the printed tickets and flyers
8. Fleshing out logistical details of private and corporate events at which I will be performing in the near and distant future
9. Social Networking on the major networks - Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and my .com, which not only involves posting, but responding to comments
10. Seeking potential sponsors for events
11. Building my mailing list and updating it
12. Building my media list and updating it
13. Managing my accounting and finances
14. Building a consistent brand image by carefully and strategically deciding what I share with my audience
15. Live performances and the rehearsals that accompany them
17. Supporting the shows, performances and other events of fellow artists
18. Providing advice to fellow colleagues about questions they may have about things in the industry that I may be familiar
19. Workout - Every performer should look as good as they can
20. Have a life outside of music
Hey in essence, since I’m an INDEPENDENT MUSICIAN, once I’m not at a 9-5 I really have NOTHING to do, since musicians don’t really do anything but waste their lives.
This post goes out to all the INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS and INDEPENDENT CREATIVES (poets, artists, dancers etc.) who actually get it. Keep grindin’. Keep pushin’. The work has got to be done, and someone has got to do it! Hard work does pay off!
Pree Jamaica feature on one of Jamaica’s next biggest talents, Reggae-Soul singer/songwriter, Mario Evon.
Check out what they had to say about me at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in the Gleaner today!
The Lance Armstrong interview definitely prompted this post. It scared me to see how he could have lived a lie for so long, and all the people he so confidently lied about in the process; tarnishing their reputations and totally denying the truth in their stories…Ultimately tarnishing his own reputation.
Also interesting is how compelled we as humans are to tell the truth at some point. Somehow the lie catches up with with us and engulfs us to the point where it has to be purged.
The lessons I got from this interview include:
1. No matter how much we get, many of us will still want more.
2. Greed and power can potentially become ugly things.
3. Nothing lasts forever…Nothing.
4. The truth will set you free.
5. The truth will cause you to lose many of your supporters, and living with it may kill you.
6. You can only share your truth when you want to.
At the end of the day I’m disappointed in Lance, but strangely not upset with him. As we judge, we forget how mortal each and every one of us is, and how elusive our perceived immortality is. Unfortunately public figures suffer from this judgement the most, and in the end get the most criticism for it.
I pray that Lance will be able to start over again after this purging of his demons, and that his family, friends and colleagues will forgive him, and still appreciate him for the good he has done, and not judge him for the mistakes he has made.
And to everyone reading this, before you judge another, take a moment to look at yourself and the demons you have, and hold that comment you were about to make, because we are no different from our fellow man.
My year has been a roller-coaster of music, medicine, traveling, giving back, readjusting and simply learning more about ME, as a musician and as an individual. I am grateful for the experiences I had last year, and in life in general. We go through each day feeling like we haven’t done enough, but when you pause to reflect on the many blessings received, it really puts a new perspective on where you were and where you’re GROWING to. Words cannot express the impact that these events have had on my life, so here is a synopsis of my 2012. Enjoy.
M.E. and Terrell Carter, the leading male in the music video, and also known for his appearance in Tyler Perry plays, movies and X Factor.
Had a ‘Gone Until Next Time’ show in NY, as I prepared to move back home to Jamaica…A few days after this concert I officially moved back to live in JA.
M.E. singing to a full house at ‘Space On White’ in NYC, accompanied by Enrico de Trizio on piano.
Back in Jamaica, I started out by giving back, speaking to high school students at the HEART Trust/NTA Career Expo about life in the music industry.
M.E. posing with a few grateful students poised for the entertainment industry.
Shared the stage with some of Jamaica’s finest musicians at ‘Classic Duets - The Travis King Benefit’, the brainchild of Stephanie Maxwell (@StephSingsLove). It was truly an honour sharing the stage with many musicians who I look up to, and to raise funds for Travis who had recently had a serious car accident.
All the musicians united on stage singing the closing number.
I got the pleasure of encouraging these young Jamaican boys to follow their dreams, and that they can do anything they dream of, at my alma mater (Mona Prep), for their Boys’ Empowerment Day. Click video to check out a clip from the day!
M.E. and da boys. And yes they have Mario Evon flyers :D
Also started working as a Medical Doctor again…Don’t worry it all came back, like riding a slightly rusty bicycle, and it’s def back now :D
Got invited to share the stage with the amazing Althea Hewitt (@AltheaHewitt) at her ‘Intimate in Studio 38’ concert. Check out video clips here.
Althea Hewitt and M.E. singing ‘Endless Love’ at Studio 38 at ‘Intimate In Studio 38’.
Had my very 1st studio session for my debut album, at Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Studio in Jamaica. Recorded music for 3 songs, and got to work with the amazing Studio Engineer/Producer, Rohan Dwyer, as well as a cast of amazing musicians. I was nervous as hell being the point person for my own project, but at the end of the day I felt so accomplished. Looking forward to sharing. This wouldn’t have been possible without your Kickstarter donations. Thanks to the people who donated.
M.E. singing at Tuff Gong Studios. Photo by Randy Richards.
Did many weddings with the Downtown Fever New York crew mainly in Northeast USA - NY, CT, MA to name a few states. We always have a wild time. These people are awesome!
Released my first music video for the single, ‘You Used 2 Love Me’ (Reggae Version), filmed and directed by my best friend, Reynaldo Martin. If you haven’t seen his amazing wedding cinema vids, then you need to click his name back there <—— :)
Interviewed by DJ Autograph (@DJAutograph) on RadioLily (@MissLilysChat) in NYC. As always, real good times!
DJ Autograph on the 1s and 2s at Radio Lily, NYC.
M.E. answering the questions being delivered by DJ Autograph at Radio Lily, NYC.
Had the 2nd studio session for my ‘Reggae-Soul Volume 1: M.E. On Love’ album, in NYC, getting to work with mainly amazing musicians from my alma mater, Berklee College of Music. 2nd time around went much smoother, and I started to really get the groove of being a producer.
View of the Manhattan Bridge from Atlantic Sound Studios. Garfield drawing on cup courtesy of Reuben Cainer (Bassist).
Enrico de Trizio laying it down in the overdub session at ‘The Audio Bunker’, NYC.
Participated in the Jamaica 50 celebrations, celebrating 50 years of Jamaican independence, at the National Arena in Jamaica. I got to entertain the crowd along with Ruth Royes (@ruthroyes) and Tina Mowatt (@TinaSimoneMowat), for 2 days. Was def great to be involved in such an important occasion.
Photo by STUSH.
Sang at the Grand Opening of the movie, ‘Sparkle’, in Jamaica, at the Carib 5 Cinema. R.I.P. Whitney Houston.
Recorded the hook on Fela Smith’s (@itsfelasmith), ‘I Used to Love Her’, recorded by Duncan Daniels (@dunkishrock).
The Taylor’s were kind enough to feature me in as a friend in their ‘The Taylor Family and Friends in Concert’ to raise funds for a family member. This was a truly special night!
M.E. and Anna-Kay Taylor-Christmas singing a duet.
For their birthdays which fell close together, Chris Benjamin and Nadia Roxburgh came up with a show called, ‘Your Song’, to raise funds for the Curtis Bottom school that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. It was noble of them to donate all the funds to this charity, and it was my pleasure being a part of it.
Joy Simons Brown took me to her alma mater, St. Hugh’s High School, to share some music with the girls on their Cultural morning. I think the pic below says how much fun we had!
I was invited to perform at the Norman Manley Law School for their concert called ‘Ring Ding’ to raise funds for scholarships and bursaries. I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Tari (@tarimusic), as well as many other talented guest artists and law students.
Had my 3rd studio session in NYC, recording vocals with the also amazing Avi Gunther (Studio Engineer/Producer). I learned a tremendous amount about my voice and my capabilities and about hitting vocals hard in the studio. Always learning. Always improving #Leggo
@AviGunther and I in the studio at the Audio Bunker, NYC.
The food provided by the Lions Club wasn’t enough for the seniors of the St. Matthew’s Anglican Church and surrounding areas, who they treated in the Christmas season. I had the pleasure of topping up the food with a lil’ entertainment, which was very well received.
M.E. singing to the seniors and the kids that came to dance :D
To wrap up the year, I traveled to Texas to once again kick it with the Downtown Fever crew for NYE at the Gaylord Texan. $149 a head for patrons, big stage, huge ballroom, 4 great singers and a killer band…We had a damn good time!! HNY!!
M.E., Jaclyn Joyce, David Jiles and Jaime Woods (front) after the killer 3 set show.
THE OTHER COOL STUFF THAT HAPPENED IN THE YEAR…I CALL IT BRAWTA!
Got more serious about working out, and did my 1st 5K where I jogged the entire way in under 36 minutes :D
I discovered dope music, e.g. EMILY KING. Got to see her live, meet her, and get an autographed EP…Every now again you have to be a groupie, and I ain’t sorry. I love this album!! Honourable artist mention - Luke James, Lianne La Havas, and so many more…#GoodMusic
M.E. and Emily King in NYC after her show.
The signed ‘Seven’ EP - To M.E. :D
So in wrapping up my amazing year, I want to wish you an awesome new year, where everything that you imagine can be possible. Have vision, make goals, set deadlines, and most importantly, don’t let anyone deter you.
Mario Evon aka M.E.
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Many probably are chuckling that I even decided to blog about this…Yes I hear you gym rats and people who run 5Ks with their eyes closed. Hate on run-a-holics, cuz when I get this time down, we’ll see who laughs last! Ok i’m just kidding, you know I love to think I may have even an ounce of comedic value.
On to more serious things…I RAN MY FIRST 5K!! And I can truly say I ran it, well jogged it…the whole thing.
Digicel was the main sponsor for an event they called 'Take Back the Night'. It was a huge success as over 5,500 persons registered to run or walk or wheel themselves for 5K through the streets of downtown Kingston (Jamaica)…at night. The race started at 7pm and then was followed by an after party with music, food and entertainment. This is a huge feat in a country with a high rate of violence, and where only a few years ago the same streets of downtown were under gunfire.
I put on my running gear and went to join a plethora of bright lights, people, security and good spirit for this historical activity. Mind you, though I have been working out, general fitness and running a 5K are two different types of training. Usually I have only been able to run about half of this without stopping to walk, but last night I thugged it out with my new running partner, Sonia. We kept a slow and steady pace and jogged from start to finish. #CONSISTENCY :)
My time according to the MyLaps chip on my chest, was 35:25. Give or take a few seconds, all that matters is that I finished, I jogged the whole thing, and I’m really proud of myself. Best of all, the money from this event is going to special needs. This includes organizations for the blind, deaf and autistic, amongst other groups.
Outside of my personal milestones, I commend Digicel, the sponsors and all the organizers for putting on such a wonderful event for charity, and for general nation building. I had a good time, and I’m down for the next one.
Set a goal or a challenge for yourself, and strive to accomplish it, and once you do, be proud of what you have done and then set a new standard. Have a great day and thanks for reading.
As I get older I realize that I only believe in 2 categories of people…Good people and Bad people. As a Libra maybe this was how my scale was pre-programmed, but I’ve never made decisions about individuals based on their race, culture, religion, sexuality, social class, or any other of the many things that so many seem to focus on. It simply has always been between good people, or bad people.
Good people in my experience tend to mean you well, are polite, mannerly, respectful, honest, reliable, trustworthy, genuine, fun, not jealous…Sounds like the perfect person, but most of the good people I know embody many of these qualities.
Bad people on the other hand are the exact opposite, and generally cannot handle feeling good about other peoples successes.
I believe all the people I surround myself with are GOOD people, and I love them all, and through them I have attracted even more good people into my life, and for this I am truly truly grateful. It is one of the best gifts life has provided me…the company of good people, who mean me well. Bad people I say far from, as they suck my life energy and I have no time for them. All the other things people tend to focus on really are not that important to me.
So what is it that you believe in? How do you filter your circle?
I am Mario Evon, Jamaican Reggae-Soul Singer/Songwriter, Medical Doctor and today a philosopher. These are my 2 cents…Take em or leave em, but I’m curious to know how you feel. Blessed love, M.E.