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.
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Wendy Williams, Jennifer Hudson & many more congratulate Brandy on 20 Years in the industry. More on http://www.trueexclusives.com http://twitter.com/silentb…
I have only gone 5 years as Mario Evon, but I hope in 15 years to come I can sit back and relish in the beauty of this gift of music that life has given me. I am truly grateful for it. That aside I also grew up on some Brandy, and this reminded me of how much of a beast she is, and that I practically own all her albums. I didn’t realize the place she held in my musical heart, but I’m definitely a Brandy fan. She is an amazing singer and is always trying to be the best she can be. Thanks for 20 amazing years Brandy, you are def an inspiration to M.E.
Pree Jamaica feature on one of Jamaica’s next biggest talents, Reggae-Soul singer/songwriter, Mario Evon.
The M.E. Year In Review 2012
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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'I Used to Love Her' - Fela Smith ft. Mario Evon
It’s totally coincidental that Nigerian-American Rapper, Fela Smith and I are featured on his new single, ‘I Used to Love Her’, from his soon to be released mixtape. It is also purely coincidental that the single I released earlier this year is titled ‘You Used 2 Love Me’, which has a similar sounding title. And finally Fela has his birthday on October 8 and I have mine on October 9, so it was only fitting for him to release this track to the world at midnight on October 8, 2012 #LibraPower.
I met Fela Smith more than a year ago at an event called ‘Rock the Mic’ in NY, and we kept in contact and eventually he approached me to sing a hook on this cool song. I was more than happy to be a part of the project. There is nothing I respect more than artists who stay on their grind and push to make their dream happen…Truly inspiring. On that note keep an eye out for my album, ‘Reggae-Soul Volume 1: M.E. On Love’ dropping in 2013.
I got the job of singing the Sean Stockman-esque hook on a song that speaks metaphorically about Fela’s loving, falling out of love with and being uncertain of his love love for music. Check out the song below: