Real Name/Full Name Mario Dewar Barrett
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Mario
Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 27 August 1986
Age/How Old: 37 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 180 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 9″
Weight: In Kilograms – 85 Kg
In Pounds – 187 lbs
Eye Color: Black
Hair Color: Black
Parents Name: Father – Derryl Barrett Sr.
Mother – Shawntia Hardaway
Siblings: Derryl Barrett Jr.
School: Milford Mill Academy
College: N/A
Religion: Christianity
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Single
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: N/A
Kids/Children Name: None
Profession: Singer, songwriter, model, actor, model
Net Worth: $15 million
Last Updated: June 2024

Mario is the popular name for Mario Dewar Barrette who is a singer, songwriter, and actor from America. Mario who is also a dancer became famous at a very young age after he released his self-titled album with the hit single Just a Friend. His second album contained the song Let Me Love You which won him Billboard Music Awards twice.

Well, how well do you know about Mario? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Mario’s net worth in 2024, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Mario to date.

Biography and Early Life

Mario was born in Baltimore, Maryland on 27 August 1986. His father Derryl Barrette Sr. was a gospel musician while his mother Shawntia Hardaway was a homemaker. He has a half-brother Derryl Barrette Jr. who is a professional drummer. Mario’s mother had a drug addiction problem and this made Mario to be raised by his grandmother. He had a passion for music since he was young and at the age of four, his mother bought him a karaoke machine. He also learned to play the piano and at the age of 11 he was noticed by Troy Patterson who was a producer.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Mario in 2024 and what is his height and weight? Well, Mario’s age is 37 years old as of today’s date 17th June 2024 having been born on 27 August 1986. Though, he is 5′ 9″ in feet and inches and 180 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 187 lbs in Pound and 85 kg in Kilograms.


Mario went for his studies at Milford Mill Academy. He studied at the institution up to the tenth grade and then dropped out to pursue a career in music. When he was 14 he was offered a music deal by J Records which was owned by Clive Davis.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Mario is not married and has never been engaged either. Currently, the singer is not in any relationship, and he is single. Previously he was in relationships with different women including Jillian Barberie. The two dated in 2004 when Mario was 18 and Jillian was 38. He later dated Nicole who is a Jamaican actress, but their relationship did not last either. Currently, he is rumored to be dating a singer by the name of Tinashe, but neither has come out either to confirm or deny the rumors.

In October 2007 there was a special aired by MTV titled I Won’t Love You to Death: The Story of Mario and his Mom. The documentary showed how Mario has dealt with her mother’s heroin addiction and also how he has struggled to help her. He also wrote the song Do Right as a dedication to his mother.

Is Mario Gay?

On his sexual orientation, Mario is straight and not gay. He is not married yet, but he has had romantic relationships with different female celebrities. He does not have children also, but he seems to be searching for the right lady to start a family with.

Professional Career

Mario released his self-titled debut album in March 2002 with the lead single Just a Friend. The single was a big success and it peaked to the top of the charts. Other singles were C’mon, and Braid My Hair. The release of this album put him in a much better place in the music industry, and it sold in thousands upon release.

His second album Turning Point was released in December 2004, and it became more successful than his previous one. It had the lead song Let Me Love You which was a big success, topping the Billboard Top 100 for nine weeks consecutively.

The singer’s third album titled Go was a dedication to his mother and it was released in South Africa. It had singles like Crying Out for Me, and How Do I Breathe. Other albums that he has released over the years include D.N.A in 2009, and his most recent one was released in 2018, and it is titled Dancing Shadows. His sixth album was set to be released in 2021.

As an actor, Mario had a starring role in the 2006 film called Step Up. This was followed by another role in the film Freedom Writers in January 2007. He also appeared in Uncle P, and Destination Fame. On television series he had roles in One on One, Love That Girl, Rent: Live, and the famous series Empire, where he played the role of Devon.

Mario is the founder of the independent record label by the name of New Citizen LLC. He founded the company in 2016, and he is currently signed into a partnership deal with The Orchard. He is also the founder of the Do Right Foundation. The foundation is aimed at educating and inspiring children whose parents are drug addicts.


Mario won two Billboard Awards at the beginning of his career with the hit single Let Me Love You. He has also been nominated for several other awards including the Bet Award, Grammy Awards, Teen Choice Award, MTV VMA Awards, and the Soul Train Award among others. He won the Prism Award for the documentary on his mother’s heroin addiction.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Mario in ’2024’

Mario Net Worth
Mario Net Worth

Having started his musical career as a teenager, Mario has made several million in sales of his music. He has also made appearances in a couple of films and television series over the years. The earnings from these ventures have given him a net worth of $15 million as of 2024. He as well as an independent record label called New Citizen LLC.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • In 2006 Mario sued his former manager Troy Patterson accusing him of giving him only $50,000 out of the sale of 3 million album copies. The accusations were found to be untrue.
  • Troy Patterson then sued Mario for defamation and Mario lost in the case.
  • In 2010 Mario was arrested for allegedly assaulting his mother but was later cleared of the charges.
  • Mario’s mother died in 2017

Mario had a tough upbringing because her mother was a drug addict for many years. That did not stop him from pursuing the dream he had as a child to become a musician. He won awards at the initial stage of his career and this greatly motivated him to soar to greater heights in the entertainment industry. He is among the most celebrated musicians of all time.


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