"I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn, and a king..."
"...and that's just since Tuesday!"
Universo founded the rock band Red Carpet Rats serving as its frontman, lyricist, and rhythm guitarist, and has had the privilege of touring internationally and recording with countless industry luminaries.
As an owner of Chauffeur Entertainment, a company housing both a record label and publishing division, Universo was instrumental in getting Red Carpet Rats signed to a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. He facilitated the band’s premiere of their release, The Year Of The Rat, on over 60,000 Touch Tunes jukeboxes in venues across North America.
Universo has placed songs in film and television soundtracks, and his music has been heard on channels including MTV, VH1, E! Entertainment, and Oxygen. His tune “Going To Hell" attained Top 10 status internationally and was used prominently in ESPN's X-Games. As a result of these accomplishments, he secured a deal as a writer for UMG’s MasterSource music catalogue, the industry's leading provider of original music for film, television, and multimedia.
Cast in the National Broadway Tour of the hit musical Rock of Ages, Universo performed more than 300 hundred shows to sold-out theaters, arenas, and amphitheaters across the U.S. and Canada. His portrayal garnered raves and led to countless television performances and live appearances.
Universo performed "A Tribute To Smokey Robinson" in a celebration of Motown's 50th Anniversary in Los Angeles. In a series of commercial spots for Verizon Wireless, he played the “Man in Black” character as well as performed as part of a rockabilly trio alongside celebrated Musicians Hall of Fame members. Universo then reprised the role live across North America on Verizon's Rock N’ Rollout Tour.
As an On-Air Host, Universo was instrumental in the launch of the lifestyle channel Back9Network, and made regular appearances its daily original sports, pop culture, and talk show-themed programming. Additionally, he served as Music Director and On-Air Guitarist, providing both pre-recorded and live musical accompaniment for the network.
A participant of Musicians On Call, which brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities, Universo is honored to have served as a spokesman for the Tennessee chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. He also has taught introductory music history to children as part of an outreach program in conjunction with The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
Universo has academic degrees from Duke University (Bachelor of Arts) and The University of Edinburgh (Master of Music), for whom he was selected as Student Orator to deliver the closing speech at the graduation ceremony on behalf of the cohort of students. He will participate in "Bruce Springsteen's The River: An International Symposium" at Monmouth University in 2021. He is most proud of being the owner and companion of his rescue dog, Freddie.