Boys, boys, boys. Here at CollegeCandy, we love them. A lot. And being that we have a lot of time on our hands to search for them on the web, we thought we’d use it to our advantage and yours and bring you a little eye candy that not only makes us drool but also tugs at our heartstrings. So here’s your chance to meet some of the most talented guys in the world…who rock. Like, for real. (They’re musicians, people.)
Name: Mario Blalock
Location: Orlando, Florida
Type of Music: Acoustic/Soul
Why He Rocks: Mario has the voice to send any girl over the edge. That, combined with his phenomenal lyrics, will leave you breathless.
Have you been singing all your life?
Not really. I really only tried to sing seriously once I started playing guitar… which was, like, 10 years ago. I started with karaoke trying to do Prince and Creed songs if I remember correctly.
How would you describe your style of singing?
People have told me my voice sounds like Lenny Kravitz and I have no idea how… I definitely do have a little rasp. I don’t know, I just sing from the heart to whatever the purpose of the song is.
Do you write your own music? If so, where do you get inspiration for your lyrics?
Yeah, I write everything. I pull from my own experiences a lot, but some is also just from observing life and the things that none of us are spared from. Empathy is so useful in life, and so many of us just neglect giving time and attention to our friends while they’re in flux… so moral is, be a better friend and you may get more lyrics.
What is your ultimate goal for the future?
I would say that it’s just to put everything I have into my music and hope it resonates. I think that naturally, for those of us who aren’t well-known, it’s easy to feel as though you’re forcing your music onto people sometimes. But we all have those deep personal connections to certain music, so I guess the ultimate reward is to be able to do that for someone just like it’s been done for me. That’s the pinnacle of making music— having someone hanging on your every word because they’ve felt the exact same thing that you’re singing about.
Now some questions with the ladies of CollegeCandy in mind…
What attracts you most when you first meet a girl?
Hmmm, physically, I usually hold judgment off until I’ve assessed the entire package… way too methodical, right?! But as far as personality, definitely a sense of humor and kindness.
How would you describe your type of girl?
I don’t have a type, I swear. I have noticed that I like lower lip piercings, though. And I usually think a girl looks the best with her hair pulled back. Size isn’t much of a factor either. I’m, like, 6’2, so I don’t mind taller chicks at all. And smaller girls can make you feel like you’re their superhero bodyguard so that’s not a problem either.
What’s your biggest turn-off?
Physically… muscles. A lot of muscle definition weirds me out a bit. I definitely like girly girls. Personality… a mean girl. I want a girl with a big heart. I can deal with a little crazy, in fact, I expect it, but a mean girl is not attractive at all.
What’s the best date you’ve ever been on?
I’m super laid back, so the best dates to me are the dates that don’t feel like dates at all. The day I moved out of my parents’ house I saw a pretty girl I knew at the store. I ended up texting her a bit throughout the day, and we ended up buying pillows to make a pretend couch in my new apartment and we watched Zoolander— my favorite movie of all time. I’ll go with that one. Very memorable for me.
What do you enjoy doing besides singing/playing the guitar?
I am a huge gym rat. Lifting weights is probably my favorite thing to do, usually five or six days a week. I’m very tough on myself about diet and exercise. Aside from that I love basketball, MMA, golf, football, soccer, and working on cars.
What’s the best pick-up line that’s been used on you?
A few months ago a girl at a club (she was kinda hammered) just stood there staring at me from a foot away for an uncomfortable, had to be six or seven, seconds then she just says, “can I touch these?” and starts repetitively poking my dimples… That’s my favorite so far.
Like what you see? We figured you would. Check out Mario’s music on YouTube. Also, make sure to tweet him at @mariobgyn and add him on Facebook!
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