Mario Guthrie who goes by 'Mario Evon' on stage has created his own genre of music called reggae-soul and is carving out his own niche in the entertainment industry. Mario was born and raised in the urban centre of Kingston, Jamaica to parents from Delveland, Westmoreland in rural Jamaica. He fell in love with music at an early age and feels that "Music chose me, I didn't choose music". It is with passion, tenacity and perseverance that he has pursued his musical career and is proceeding to make his mark on the world. Despite being trained as a medical doctor, Mario Evon found the tug of music on his heart too great to ignore.
Evon was bit by the music bug early. Immersed in a family with a wide-range of musical tastes, Mario was exposed to all these through his older brother and parents. By age 7 the performance bug sunk its teeth as well and Mario started singing with his school choir at Mona Preparatory School, and hasn't stopped since. He sang with his high school choir at Campion College and with the University Singers at the University of the West Indies (UWI). As if the choir were not enough for musical expression, Mario and his friends formed the"Choir Boyz" during high school and launched into mainstream R&B and pop. Three of the four members of T.O.K., a harmonising dancehall quartet, were members of the Choir Boyz. While the profile of the group changed somewhat they were actively engaged in performances at anywhere from a Corporate luncheon to a funeral. In late 2003, Evon went solo and began offering his soulful renditions at weddings.
It came as no surprise when Mario undertook a Natural Sciences degree to initiate his tertiary education since he was a science student in high school. After one year he was accepted to Medical school but was deferred for a year. During this year off from school Evon joined the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company (JMTC), which landed him the understudy for 'Timon' in the local production of "The Lion King". Following this play, Mario successfully scored the lead role of 'Daniel' in the Company Limited's production of "Once on the Island" directed by Alwyn Bully. Evon shared the stage with some greats of Jamaican theatre: Alwyn Scott, Velia Espeut and the late John Jones. Herein began the internal battle of whether he should pursue his passion for performing or bring to fruition his academic potential. While in the medical faculty at UWI, Evon sought to do both. He would study medicine and perform with the University Singers. He executed this plan and traveled the Caribbean and the United States performing with one of the region's premier choral performance groups. Problem solved? Not quite.
Having completed his medical degree, internship and 2 years of full-time medical service in Jamaica Mario was still performing wherever and whenever he could. The local music industry began to nurture and provide opportunities for what they saw as fresh talent. Mario has provided both studio and live background vocals for Rocky 5 Band, Stevie Face, Camar (aka Flava Unit), Benjy Myaz, Cezar and Alaine.
Evon was at the point in his medical career where he was to select his area of specialization. Not withstanding, music was in his heart and had invaded his mind. Evon successfully auditioned for the world-renowned Berklee College of Music and was granted a partial scholarship. Berklee proved to be an excellent ground for developing and honing musical skills.While at Berklee he had been afforded the opportunity to share the stage with Philip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire and world acclaimed producer Don Was and meet greats such as Ben E. King, Lalah Hathaway and many others. He has now completed his degree in Music Business & Management and Songwriting. At home in Jamaica, he has performed at Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival (Ocean Spray Stage as a background singer for Rocky Five; 2006), the Christopher’s Jazz Bar (2008/2009), on TVJ Smile Jamaica (Aug 2008), and the Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2009 Talent stage as a solo artist. Most recently he opened on the Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2010 Main Stage for the likes of the legendary Gladys Knight, Jon Secada, Hall and Oates and Marion Hall (aka Lady Saw).
The young artiste is currently in the process of writing and recording songs for his very first album. He is excited about the possibilities ahead and is committed to sharing his gift with the world. He cites as his early influences: Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bob Marley, Janet Jackson, to Boyz II Men, Brian McKnight, Stevie Wonder, Beres Hammond, Donny Hathaway. Today he adds John Legend, Tarrus Riley, Robin Thicke, India Arie and anyone who creates beautiful music.