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  Who is Mario Winans?
Updated 14 June 2004, 18.42
Mario Winans with Radio 1's Trevor Nelson
Mario who?
Mario comes from a gospel singing family. His mum is a famous gospel singer called Vickie Winans.

Is he very musical?
Very - he can play the drums, piano, guitar and bass. When he was small, Mario used to play the drums on his grandmother's pots and pans with wire coat hangers!

He's been in the music business for nearly 10 years writing and producing songs for other artists.

How did he start producing?
Mario's mum bought him some recording equipment when he was 14. He learnt how to use it himself and went on to produce his first gospel album.

Who's he worked with?
As a songwriter and producer, Mario's worked with loads of people including Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, P Diddy and Whitney Houston.

I Don't Wanna Know
Mario's number 1 hit I don't Wanna Know features his mate P Diddy and a sample from an Enya song.

What's next?
He's soon going to be touring the US with Janet Jackson and producing some songs for Mariah Carey.



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