Jun 16, 2022
Julio Peterson III is a well traveled and professional singer and Songwriter who is here to today to share his journey and his latest Business Venter "Mr. Petes Playhouse".
Julio Petersen III was born and raised in St. Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands, where he discovered his musical talents in the fourth grade. Throughout his High School years, he performed as a lead vocalist in a local reggae/calypso band. Julio also performed in two original musicals with Tony award winner, Lillias White (The Life, Fela) and Broadway Composer/Director, Timothy Graphenreed (The Wiz).
Upon completion of High School in 2006, Julio attended the University of the Virgin Islands as a Music Education Major. At this time, he also won the title of Mr. St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. After one semester, he decided to Enlist into the U.S. Army as an Active-Duty Soldier. In 2008, Julio competed and won Military Idol, which was the military’s version of American Idol. This allowed him to audition and eventually become selected as a performer in the 2009 Army Soldier Show. The Army Soldier Show is a live Broadway-style variety production comprised of all military members. They traveled and toured around world entertaining other military members and their family. At the end of the tour, Julio was ordered to deploy to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, for 12 months. During the deployment, Julio was selected to direct the Gospel Choir at the Chapel on base. He was also able to obtain his Associates Degree in Business, at that time.
In 2012, after returning from Iraq, Julio was again selected to perform in the Soldier Show. As the tour came to an end, so did his Active-Duty contract. Julio then decided to continue serving the country as an Army Reserves Soldier until May 2015. Julio founded his former Theatre Company “JPete Theatre Company” in 2014 which produced five Main Stage productions, in Houston TX. He has worked with several Theater Companies in Houston, to include The Ensemble Theater’s Young Performer’s Program, and Texas Southern University’s Theater Department.
Julio attained his bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance (Theatre minor) from Texas Southern University in 2017, and currently works as a Theatre Teacher in Houston Independent School District, where he won his campus’ “Teacher of the Year” award in 2019. In 2020, during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Julio and Kirk Rojas created a Children’s YouTube channel called “Mr. Pete’s Playhouse” which is steadily growing in popularity and resulted in the forming of APATNA Media.