Mario BiondiRonnie Scott's Jazz Club, W1D 4HT, [Venue Details]
The unmistakable deep voice of Mario Biondi is warm and sensual, yet clear and confident. Born Mario Ranno, he cultivated his passion for music from a young age, listening alongside his father, the singer Stefano Biondi, later taking his stage name as a tribute to him.
A vast range of experience has made Mario the great artist he is today. He has sung in church choirs, been a session singer for niche labels, without neglecting his studies, and speaking perfect English although he is a born and bred Sicilian from Catania.
A lover of soul music, in 1988 he began supporting artists of international standing, including some of the calibre of Ray Charles. But the turning point came with the Japanese release of his single “This Is What You Are,” heard by top BBC1 DJ Norman Jay, who fell in love with the song and launched it across the radio stations of Europe.
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