Up Side of Down
Dario's story begins in the beautiful desert community of Tucson, Arizona. By the age of 3, he was entertaining his extended family with vocal performances and creative dance numbers, displaying a talent well beyond his years. Armed with this exceptional talent, strong desire, and the encouragement of friends and family, Dario steadily placed 1st in local competitions and talent shows. His 'big break' came at the 'Search for Stardom Convention', where his dynamic stage presence and distinctive vocals caught the attention of two independent record companies. Realizing they had discovered a unique new artist, Dario was flown across country to audition for their labels. This experience is what motivated Dario to turn his dream of becoming a successful, established artist into reality. Dario has participated in top rated shows, such as, The WB's 'Popstars 2', and the second season of Fox's wildly successful 'American Idol'. His growing reputation as an independent force in the entertainment community has been recognized by the media, including, an interview with Access Hollywood about his unconventional path to success and his impressions of the modern music industry. He has graced the covers of over 20 entertainment magazines, appeared on a variety of television programs, and attended numerous red carpet events including the Grammys and the American Music Awards. Dario's first single, 'Be', was released in April 2004, and debuted at #1 on the Independent Sales Chart. His follow up single, 'Lies', also shot up the Independent Sales Chart for 6 weeks, while remaining on the Dance Chart for 4 months. He has opened for established R&B artists KC & JoJo, Ashanti, and Destiny's Child, as well as headlining his own five month national tour promoting his album, 'Dedicated'. Despite his hectic schedule, giving back to the community continues to be a high priority for Dario. He works with several foundations focused on the prevention and treatment of aids, the fight against breast cancer, and increasing the awareness of sickle cell anemia. Dario is also passionate about being a mentor to children and young adults in local communities. His goal is to help them realize that anything is possible and they have the power to make their dreams come true. The highly anticipated new album "The Up Side Of Down" will be released May 10th 2011, with national and international tours to follow. When asked in a recent interview what he feels is the secret to his success, Dario answered, 'Hard work, the support of my friends and family, and of course, the loyalty of my amazing fans! But really, there is no secret. For me, success has always been the only option.' Keep connected with the latest news and events of this international pop sensation exclusively at darioonline.com.