Mario Jose Returns to Alma Mater for the Berklee Vocal Summit 2018

Chandler Dalton
June 12, 2018
Mario Jose B.M. '11
Image courtesy of the artist

After performing and recording for household names such as Prince, John Legend, and Ben E. King, Mario Jose B.M. ‘11 has come back to his alma mater as an artist-in-residence for the Berklee Vocal Summit 2018, a four-day program for vocalists to learn about important skills such as vocal technique, singing with a band, group singing, and a cappella performance. The summit also includes performances from Jose on June 19 and his fellow artist-in-residence, Becca Stevens, on June 18.

Jose’s performance will show aspiring vocalists how a student can evolve after graduating from Berklee, featuring some songs from Jose’s first of two EPs, Heart of Gold. One of the songs on that EP is “Tell Me Now,” a gentle tune with lyrics about deciding whether or not to fully open up to a loved one. The inner monologue that Jose sings with dynamic vocals is a struggle that everyone can connect with: When is it safe to let your guard down? In this episode of Sounds of Berklee, we take a listen to that piece. 

Producer: Chandler Dalton
Engineer: Tony Brown

Listen to a Spotify playlist that highlights tunes from Jose and many other summer 2018 visiting artists: