When Mario Vasquez dropped out of American Idol in 2005, the media speculated wildly about why a young and unknown talent would refuse to compete in the show. One of the rumours that circulated on the net pointed to the singer's alleged homosexuality and that he left the show to avoid the intense scrutiny that comes with the American Idol territory.
Vasquez remains coy about his sexuality and refuses to comment about personal matters "Do you know how many artists are gay in the music industry? That shouldn't even matter," he told me backstage at the VMAs last week. "Music is the most thing on my mind and that's all that I focus on right now."
The Bronx, NY singer just released "Gallery," the first single from his forthcoming debut album that was penned for him by Las Vegas crooner Ne Yo. The album hits stores on Arista Records on September 26 and was executive produced by Clive Davis. The record is "a collage of music" that includes a bunch of different genres that Vasquez loves, from ballads to R&B and from Latino pop to reggaeton. A safe bet for a debut album that appears to have some crossover appeal that once worked for Ricky Martin.
Watch Mario Vasquez "Gallery"