Mu­sic stu­dent on pacth to star­dom

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - TYLER ROODT

GET­TING to work as a back­ing vo­cal­ist for lo­cal artists such as Salome, Karen Kortje, Sasha Lee Davids and Robin Peters is quite an achieve­ment for a young vo­cal­ist still at mu­sic school.

Mario Julie, 20, is in his sec­ond year at the Cape Mu­sic In­sti­tute (CMI), but when he was a young­ster he was so shy he re­fused to let any­one lis­ten to him sing.

How­ever, his tal­ent was grad­u­ally un­earthed.

“Peo­ple heard me sing lit­tle snip­pets and would al­ways com­pli­ment me and en­cour­age me to try out singing,” Julie re­called.

At Mon­dale High School, Julie joined the school choir and from there his pas­sion for singing grew.

In Grade 8 he per­formed for the first time, as part of the choir, in front of the school.

“I re­alised that sooner or later I would have to per­form on my own.

“In Grade 9 I took the op­por­tu­nity to do my first solo per­for­mance dur­ing a school assem­bly.. It was hor­ri­ble, but I’ve only grown from there.”

That was the first of many of Julie’s per­for­mances at school assem­blies..

Since he be­gan his ter­tiary stud­ies, Julie has had many more op­por­tu­ni­ties to per­form.

“We do three an­nual con­certs with CMI, one of which is a cover show. The other two show­cases our orig­i­nal ma­te­rial.”

Julie has per­formed at wed­dings and open-mic events and pro­vided back­ing for lo­cal stars.

He says his taste in mu­sic is “soul­ful” and John Le­gend, Jen­nifer Hud­son, Phar­rell Wil­liams and Bey­oncé are his big­gest in­spi­ra­tions.

He is train­ing him­self to be a more well-rounded and ver­sa­tile vo­cal­ist be­cause he wants to be able to per­form well in any genre. .

“I as­pire to be­come a pro­fes­sional per­form­ing and record­ing artist and I’d like to re­lease my own mu­sic in the near fu­ture to de­but my­self as a brand.

“Apart from singing, I love spend­ing time with my friends and fam­ily.

“I don’t know if I’d con­sider it a hobby, but I love writ­ing songs in my free time, for my­self and oth­ers.”


Mario Julie belts out a song on stage.

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