Mario Dewar Barrett (born August 27, 1986), known mononymously as Mario, is an American singer-songwriter, actor, model, and record producer. He is known for his singles "Just a Friend" (2002) and "Let Me Love You" (2004), which won him two Billboard awards, as well as for appearing in the films Step Up and Freedom Writers. He has released four studio albums: Mario (2002), Turning Point (2004), Go (2007), and D.N.A. (2009). At the end of the 2000s decade, Mario was ranked by Billboard #98 on their "Artist of the Decade" list.