My Name is Universal. I was born in a small birthing center in La Habra. Since i can remember i have loved music. As a child I remember putting on my skinny jeans, loafers, and a hat to dance around like Michael Jackson. Everywhere i went people would ask me to perform. Their i was four years old performing for random people all over the city. Soon after this found love I had for Michael Jackson my mother opened up her clothing store. At this time I was around the age of five, and once people found out that i could interpret Michael Jackson's moves they stayed at my mom's store waiting for a chance to see me perform. As a kid the idea of these people wanting to see me was exciting. So I would get dressed in my mom's dressing room, my dad would hit the music, and i would come out in character. Each time i felt like i was Michael Jackson. I studied his artistry as a child to perfect my talent. I new early on how important it was if I were going to become Michael Jackson sort of speak I had to study him. I spent countless hours everyday watching his videos my dad had recorded for me and I practiced, practiced, practiced.
I knew at these moments that i wanted to be a performer. It was evident that this dream would come true. Over the years of my life I have blossomed into the person I am today. Each new experience in my life has added to the music that i make. When people hear my music they realize that I am not only rapping but i'm telling a story.
I graduated high school and I am now in college. I understand that education is still important regardless if my goal is to be a performer or not. My parents taught me early on that education is the key that will open up many more doors for me. My dream is for the world to get to know Universal. In 2013 I was in a terrible accident that nearly took my life. The doctors kept telling me that I was so lucky. But to me I kept thinking to myself " Im blessed". No one understands what that moment will feel like when you think you are gone for good, until it happens. It was a revelation and eye opening moment. It reminded me that we don't have forever to live out our dreams. In a matter of a day doctors came into my room and basically said, " you will have to basically learn how to walk again". I had a fracture on my spine that almost paralyzed me but I was alive.
Although, some doctors were telling me things like, " you may not ever be able to run again, you possibly could walk with a limp etc. I never believed them. I new God had saved me from that accident for a reason. He had favor on my life and a purpose for me. Granted at times It was hard just laying in one spot for weeks. The only thing that gave me comfort was writing music. I wrote music throughout my entire recovery and it helped to heal me. My words on those pieces of paper might as well been antibiotics for my soul. I put out into the universe what I wanted back. It gave me hope. Hope that I would walk and run again. I was determined. I never listened to the odds that were stacked against me. In fact this moment in my life has only pushed me harder to really go for my dreams NOW!
So with this being said I would like to personally invite all of my Halos, which are my fans, and anyone reading this to join me in this journey of accomplishing my dream. Through music let's journey and dream together.
I give God all the glory and thank you for your interest in Universal.