Mario released the official music video for his latest single “Drowning,” off the R&B superstar’s long-awaited fifth studio album “Dancing Shadows.”
“Drowning” continues a legacy of blockbuster vocal performances from the music icon.
Watch “Drowning” music video by Mario.
Mario’s instantly recognizable falsetto takes hold and doesn’t let go over a simmering and stark production. It’s that same voice the world fell in love with on hits such as “Let Me Love You,” and “How Do I Breathe,” but, “Drowning” sees Mario soar to new heights yet again.
Mario, the Grammy Award-nominated voice behind the R&B/pop hits “Let Me Love You” and “Just a Friend,” explained the how he expects fans to reconnect with him through “Drowning.”
“This song is about being faced with the reality of having multiple women I love for different reasons,” Mario told reporters.
“One is based on infatuation and lust, and the other is a lingering love connection that has not yet ended. As a man, I’m finding myself drowning in the middle one’s tears and the flow of sexual attraction to the other. As I share a story about highs, lows, and the grey space in between love and lust, fans can expect to feel reconnected to me,” he added.
“Dancing Shadows” is Mario’s first album since 2009’s D.N.A. The new project is set for release this fall on the singer/songwriter’s New Citizen label in partnership with Empire.
Mario claimed his career breakthrough in 2002 with the No. 4 pop/R&B single, “Just a Friend.” He’s racked up 15 entries on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, three more of which also reached the top 10: “Let Me Love You” (No. 1 for 11 weeks; also No. 1 for nine weeks on the Billboard Hot 100), “Crying Out for Me” (No. 5) and “Break Up” featuring Gucci Mane & Sean Garrett (No. 2).
His four albums—Mario, Turning Point, Go and D.N.A.—all reached the top 4 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. To date, Mario has sold 2.3 million albums, 4.8 million downloads and earned 591 million streams in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music.
In 2002, Mario emerged as a Pop/R&B leader with his breakout smash “Just a Friend.” A consistent stream of hits followed as he earned a GRAMMY Award nod, won two Billboard Music Awards, and landed on Billboard’s coveted “Artists of the Decade” list.
Beyond selling millions of records and packing shows worldwide, he starred in Step Up and Freedom Writers and appeared on Dancing with the Stars. As a lifelong philanthropist, he founded the Do Right Foundation in 2008 to help children faced with drug-addicted parents.