Born in Catania, Sicily, Mario Biondi has been called “the new Barry White” due to his distinct voice. His father Stefano Biondi was also a singer. Mario´s passion for music began at the early age of twelve when he sang in his church choir. For a while, he worked as a session singer - then in 1988, he appeared as support act to Ray Charles´ Italian dates. His love for soul music helped shape his particular vocal styling that takes its cue from great vocalists like Lou Rawls, Al Jarreau and Isaac Hayes. His first big break came in 2004 with the release of the single "This Is What You Are". Originally planned for release only in Japan, the song got noticed by DJ Norman Jay, who began featuring it on his BBC1 show playlist.
In 2006, Mario released his debut album Handful Of Soul, which went platinum in less than three months. In November 2007, he released a double album with the Duke Orchestra, called I Love You More recorded entirely live at the Smeraldo Theatre in Milano. In November 2009, he released If. The album shot up the charts and went triple-platinum. He has also released Yes You (2010), Due (2011), Sun (2013), Mario Christmas (2013), Beyond (2014) and Brasil (2018). Mario has taken part in Europe's largest jazz festivals and has collaborated with composers such as Burt Bacharach, and has appeared in sold-out concerts in venues including London's Royal Albert Hall and Rome's Parco della Musica.
His New Year's Eve Concert at the SNFCC will include songs from his latest album, Brasil, which blends jazz, soul and pop elements with well-known Brazilian tunes, as well as songs from his holidays-inspired album, Mario Christmas.
Monday 31/12 | 22.15