Refined contemporary R&B artist Mario debuted in his mid-teens with the Top Ten pop hit "Just a Friend 2002." The deeply impassioned (and on-key) update of Biz Markie's humorous 1989 hit ignited a career highlighted by a string of high-performing albums for Clive Davis' J label. Most successful of all was the platinum, Grammy-nominated Turning Point (2004), the source of his similarly successful "Let Me Love You," which also topped the Billboard Hot 100 and provided the breakthrough for song co-writer Shaffer Smith, later known as Ne-Yo.
The singer's second album fared even better. Turning Point arrived in December 2004 and was powered by "Let Me Love You," written by producer Scott Storch, Kameron Houff, and background vocalist Shaffer Smith, the artist who would become known as Ne-Yo.