MARIO WINANS

 

MARIO WINANS

Mario Winans has accomplished more than many musicians twice his age. Some of hip-hop, R&B and gospel music's most well respected artists have been blessed with Mario's nimble production talents and thoughtful lyricism.

His resume reads like a nomination list on Grammy night: Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, R.Kelly, Jennifer Lopez, Brian McKnight, The Notorious B.I.G., P.Diddy, 702 and of course, his own Winans family. Mario's story begins in his grandmother's kitchen. "I was constantly banging on the pots and pans with wire hangers," explains Mario with a laugh. "As far as I was concerned, I was playing the drums." His fascination with percussion continued throughout his childhood, nurtured by his world-renown Winans gospel family. In school, he was an attentive student, studying music in a formal fashion. But after school, he headed straight for his room and made the beats he wanted to hear. "I know how to read music," says Mario, who also plays various instruments including the piano, drums and keyboard. "But for me, composing music has always been about passion and feeling."

Mario's turning point as a producer came when his mother, the famous gospel singer, Vickie Winans, brought home a room full of recording equipment. "I just taught myself how to operate every machine in there. And from then on, I was making beats constantly." Only one week after graduating from high school, Mario produced an entire gospel album for a local group. A trip to Atlanta resulted in a meeting with producer Dallas Austin who, impressed with the young man's production, signed him as an in-house producer. Work with R. Kelly soon followed and Mario quickly developed his reputation as a top-notch producer and songwriter. Mario never gave much consideration to becoming a recording artist. However, after being persuaded, he began pursuing a solo project under Motown Records. Things were moving slowly and he needed to move to the next level. "I called a friend of mine who was cool with P. Diddy," says Mario. "In five minutes, I was on the phone with him. He knew my work and he said he thought I had what it took to be a BadBoy. Within a week, we were getting the paperwork together."

 

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The culmination of a decade's long journey is the Mario Winans' Bad Boy debut, Hurt No More. This is soul music that bridges the gap between the hard-edged flavor of modern day R&B music and the honest, vulnerable passion in the music of years gone by. Vulnerability is a key theme on Hurt No More. Mario brings an earnest, sincere approach to his music that hasn't been heard in years. "This record is about relationships, pure and simple. We all have hearts. Sometimes we have to look deeper into what we're saying and doing to the people we care about. At the bottom of these fights, it's usually always something deeper."

Mario Winans is an American R&B singer, songwriter, music producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Born Mario Brown, he is the son of gospel recording artist Vickie Winans (née Bowman) and her first husband, Bishop Ronald Brown. He is also the stepson of his mother's second husband, gospel singer, Pastor Marvin Winans whom she married in 1978. Marvin and Vickie Winans had a son, Marvin Winans Jr. (Mario's half brother.) Vickie and Marvin Winans divorced in 1995 and she has since remarried.

Mario Winans began learning piano, keyboards, and drums while still in grade school in Detroit, Michigan and learned how to work in a recording studio at an early age. He began producing gospel music professionally after graduating high school, eventually working with gospel music artists Fred Hammond, The Clark Sisters and various members of the Winans gospel music family.

 

 

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Story of My Heart: (1995–1997)

In the mid-1990s, Mario was signed to a production deal with Dallas Austin's Rowdy Records thru producers Tim & Bob. He lived with the duo at their house studio until his breakthrough came as a Christian songwriter, musician and co-producer on R. Kelly's "I Can't Sleep Baby" and "You Remind Me Of Something" (plus three more songs) from the R. Kelly album in 1995. He also worked with Pebbles and 98 Degrees.

Winans eventually released his debut album Story of my Heart on Motown in 1997. While the song "Don't Know" reached the U.S. R&B top 50, the album failed to chart.

Soon after, Winans teamed up with P. Diddy and his Bad Boy roster, playing drums on "Come With Me" by Diddy and Jimmy Page, based on the classic Led Zeppelin song "Kashmir" from their 1975 album Physical Graffiti.

Over the next several years Winans amassed a sizeable list of production credits for Bad Boy artists including Diddy, The Notorious B.I.G., Lil' Kim, Faith Evans, Loon, Black Rob, and 112. He has also worked with notable artists outside Bad Boy including Destiny's Child, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Tamia, and Brian McKnight.

Winans co-wrote the 2-part song "I Need a Girl" with P. Diddy and appeared on the "Pt. 2" version with Loon, Ginuwine, and Diddy, which became a hit recording in 2002. He also produced the Bad Boy remix compilation We Invented The Remix in 2002.

Hurt No More: (2001–2005)

Winans recorded his second album Hurt No More in 2001, 2002, and 2003 in between his busy schedule working with other artists. The album is based on stories of love and betrayal.

The first single "I Don't Wanna Know" was based on a sample of the Fugees' 1996 hit single "Ready Or Not", which itself was based on a slowed-down sample of the instrumental track "Boadicea" by Enya from her 1987 self-titled album. Enya and her representatives became angry since Winans did not seek her approval for the sample, as he was unaware that the Fugees sample he had used had itself been a sample. So, a compromise was reached to credit the single as "Mario Winans featuring P. Diddy and Enya". [1] The song features a rap by P. Diddy and radio programmers and club DJs started playing the track when it started appearing on mixtapes. The song was released as the single in early 2004 and became a worldwide hit going to #1 in Germany and on the rhythmic top 40 radio chart in the United States; to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, on the U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart, and on the world internet download charts; and to #3 on a composite world R&B chart (based on the R&B charts in the U.S., UK, Germany, France, and Australia) and on both the Australian and Norwegian singles charts. It also reached the top ten on a composite European singles chart.

Hurt No More was released on April 20, 2004 in the U.S. and, by early June 2004, had reached #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, #2 on the Billboard 200, and #3 on the UK's album chart.

The album's second single, "Never Really Was", used a sample of the orchestrated beginning of Madonna's 1986 hit, "Papa Don't Preach", as its background music. However, the song failed to chart in America. A remix version was released as a single featuring rapper Lil Flip.

The song "This is the Thanks I Get" began to chart on billboard and was stated to be the album's third and final single but no official release was set. The song went on to peak on Billboards R&B Chart at #112.

My Purpose: (2006–Present)

Winans appeared on Diddy's album, Press Play producing, writing and singing on "Through The Pain (She Told Me)" and the hit single "Last Night" with Keyshia Cole. "Last Night" was originally intended for his own album, which he had apparently been recording for release in 2007, this never occurred.

Winans also recently executive produced Diddy's new Dirty Money album "Last Train To Paris" which was released in late 2010 and Trey Songz' 2010 single "Can't Be Friends" which has topped the American R'n'B charts for over 10 weeks.

In May 2011, Winans stated that his 3rd studio album titled "My Purpose" would drop in Summer 2011.

 

 

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