Jamaica Observer: Mario Evon - The Musical Healer

On June 23, 2019, The Jamaica Observer featured me as ‘The Musical Healer’. It definitely is not one of the common names I have been called on my journey, but I kinda like it. It combines my two worlds in a new and different way, as I’d like to believe I heal through music and medicine. A wonderful article written by The Observer’s Paul Allen, check it out:

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sunday-finance/mario-evon---the-musical-healer-tough-personal-decisions-juggling-a-career-in-medicine-and-music_167467?profile=1442

Mario Evon - The Musical Healer (The Jamaica Observer)

I auditioned for the Lion King Broadway

Every so many years The Lion King Broadway comes to Jamaica to scout out new talent in the form of dancers and singers for both lead and chorus roles. It is an exciting time for the Jamaican performer, as it presents an opportunity for an awesome paid job, in another country, for one of the most respected Broadway musicals of all time.

The Lion King is dear to my heart because I had participated in a local production many years ago, that got me familiar with the joys of the theatre stage, and helped me to further unearth my love of the performing arts. Back then I was the understudy for Timon, but otherwise a chorus member. It was one of the most fun experiences I ever had, and to this day I am still friends with many of the cast members.

Here we are full circle, 2019, and I am auditioning as a singer for Lion King Broadway. I wasn’t very nervous, but I definitely plotted through all the possible outcomes. What if I was selected? Would I re-shuffled my entire life as I know it and move to London or Australia and start over for at least a year? Questions that all were quite challenging for me, as nothing in this life is ever truly black or white. At the end of the day I decided that at the very least I should audition. I would meet new people, reconnect with old ones, experience the Lion King audition process, and be in the database as someone who tried out. I really had nothing to lose in auditioning except the what-ifs had I not.

Number 084 would be my assignment, after being told signups were essentially closed. I warmed my voice up in my car, and thought through how I would pace through my song. I decided to sing ‘Ribbon In The Sky’ by Stevie Wonder as I am comfortable with it, and it has a few key changes to showcase my range. As I started to sing, I could tell they liked what they heard. They allowed me to sing through my entire song. One of the gentlemen auditioning flipped through pages on his table. I believe he was trying to decide which role best suited me. They asked me whether it was music or medicine? I responded by saying “It’s music, but I happen to be a doctor.” They asked me to stand outside the room for a few minutes, which was hopeful, as it was my own little on-spot mini callback. When I was called back into the room, they tested the lower register of my range to see how low I could sing. After that, they said thank you for my time.

So I didn’t get a callback, as most of the persons receiving a call back got material to learn for the following day. This time music and acting parts from the actual Lion King play. I left quite happy even just being considered. So the moral of the story is to always follow your gut, and sometimes even when you aren’t sure if it’s the right fit, if you aren’t losing much time, and time that could re-route your entire life along a path that benefits your passion…then why not. Go for it. I went for it, it didn’t work in my favour this time, but I have absolutely no regrets, and I can tick off my bucket list, ‘I auditioned for Lion King Broadway’.

The Lion King Broadway Jamaica Audition Flyer

The Lion King Broadway Jamaica Audition Flyer

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That time I auditioned for The Lion King Broadway.

The many looks of Mario Evon

When Reggae-Soul Singer/Songwriter, Mario Evon, first emerged on the scene as M.E., he was rocking a full, curly afro, which some say was reminiscent of Smokey Robinson. Others likened it to a young Bob Marley, but his head was full, plentiful, healthy and round.

Mario Evon the initial look - The Curly Fro. Photo by  Randy Richards

Mario Evon the initial look - The Curly Fro. Photo by Randy Richards

After years of the fro he got tired and felt the need to switch it up, with the sides and back faded and the top high and curly. Some would call this one the Fido Dido, especially as it continued to grow out.

The FIdo Dido.  Photo by  Mario Guthrie .

The FIdo Dido. Photo by Mario Guthrie.

Like a true Libra, with change being imperative to him, he grew back the fro for the album launch and once again went back to the sides and back faded. This was then followed by the high top fade in 2016.

Mario with the High Top Fade. Photo by  Gabre Cameron

Mario with the High Top Fade. Photo by Gabre Cameron

It was an easy conversion back to a curly top after the high top fade, which then led to a few one off experiments such as this bad bwoy look below:

Bad Bwoy. Photo by  Mario Guthrie .

Bad Bwoy. Photo by Mario Guthrie.

October 2018 brought a more conservative and clean look, as birthdays have now become a time of change for Mario. Let’s call this one less hair on the top with fades and a line.

A cleaner approach. Photo by  Jonathan Daley .

A cleaner approach. Photo by Jonathan Daley.

And if you thought he was finished, clearly there was some blonde ambition that had to be expressed, which led him to this look, which many either loved or hated, but fortunately most people loved. This his most edgy look to date. Well you be the judge.

Legally Blonde. Photo by  Tiffany Lue-Yen .

Legally Blonde. Photo by Tiffany Lue-Yen.

In summary, it’s really hard to put a finger on what M.E will be up to next where his image is concerned, but we would recommend not looking away for too long, but it’s clear that being true to himself is at the core of his being, and supports his mantra for being unapologetically you.