Da Professor / About
Meet Da Professor – and feel his emanations of love
Born Julio Todd, he hails from tropical Kingston, Jamaica – a lush and almost “magical” island country. Julio was given the name “Da Professor” because of the energetic magnetism he possesses – like that of a ‘Star Child’. It surrounds him full-circle, and emanates from him. His innate love and sensitivity towards others led him to share his compassionate gifts and abilities – and from ever since he can remember, he’s offered sage advisements to all those who are around him.
Reaching out through his music, lyrics and compositions, Da Professor is the actual “instrument” who shares his innate abilities to ‘feel the vibrations’ of one’s soul… and his “knowing” of how important it is to love one’s self. His remarkable sensitivity to others spills over like the purest water from a wellspring that’s deep beneath the Earth, right in to his music.
Da Professor’s musical influences are vast, and include artists such as Beenie Man, Beres Hammond, Buju Banton, Sizzla and Bob Marley.
The heavens must have been in perfect alignment when Da Professor was graced with awareness of the many talents he has and follows those unique instincts that come straight from within his soul. This inspired him to follow what he knew to be a natural path in life – to create & compose music and write lyrics that have heartfelt meaning and to deliver a message that affects his fans with joy, and a shift in attitude.
Emanating from the lush Caribbean island of Jamaica are rhythmic essences that seem to weave their way in to your soul. Ever since he was a young boy, Da Professor has been like a flowing waterfall of fresh vibes and new sounds that percolate and bubble and, now, for many years, make his fans just plain feel good.
For decades, island music rhythms and Reggae beats have been adopted and incorporated in to thousands of award-winning tracks and albums by many famous musical artists.
While in high school in Jamaica, Da Professor followed his path to further develop his interest in music, and his abilities in songwriting and performance vocals. He honed his talent by circulating amongst many communities, performing at various schools, churches and community talent shows.
In 2005, Da Professor immigrated to the United States with his family, and graduated from Thomas Edison School in New York City. He got his first break to perform live, on stage in public in 2008 in spacious Brookville Park in Rosedale Queens, NY.
His career began to take off shortly thereafter, and from 2010-2013, Da Professor toured as lead singer, for the legendary band, Inner Circle. He also worked alongside Grammy winning super star and producer Don Corleone. Together they composed and placed songs with world-famous artists such as; Protoje, Ky-Mani Marley, Ken Boothe, J Boog, Tarrus Riley, Mr. Vegas, Jah Cure, Collie Buddz, I-Octane, T.O.K., ZJ Liquid, Wayne Marshall, Bad Gyal Ce’Cile, Daville, and Romain Virgo.
Da Professor’s first gold album placement, “Diversity”, was with the world-renowned German reggae star, Gentleman. Da Professor wrote, produced, and was featured on his single, “Nothing a Change”.
In 2011, Don Corleone, executively produced Da Professor’s first album, “The Laboratory”, released in 2012.
In 2013 he was invited to work with Tessanne Chin, winner of the nationally-televised talent show “The Voice”, and Da Professor composed her single: “Call on Him”. Later in 2013, Da Professor was introduced to record label owner and publisher, “Spiky”, who made her mark in the industry with the Platinum single “I Luv This Shit” produced by Knucklehead, who is also co-signed to Spikes’ Publishing.
Spiky, known to have an ear for talent, signed Da Professor to “Spiky Records” and “SpikyImIn” Publishing. Together they are developing a totally new international fusion style brand and sound for Reggae music.
Da Professor is currently working with the hottest producers and co-writers from around the world creating his next eclectic album. The first single, “I Love Myself”, will release February 14th, 2014. It is already regarded by many to be the biggest, worldwide inspirational single of the decade.
Da Professor’s continuing mission is to express his compassion in a humanitarian effort that literally touches and changes lives.
He is also the co-owner and co-founder of Stop the Abuse Foundation.
– a philanthropic charity that actively works to make people aware that they can not only just stand by, but they can actually help to put an end to domestic violence. His dedication to the Foundation is unwavering.
Feel the vibe, and wave your hands in the air to show you love yourself!