Born in New York City to Puerto Rican parents, Julius Meléndez attended the prestigious Escuela Libre de Musica in Puerto Rico. He went on to join the U.S. Navy, attending the Navy School of Music. After completing his military service, Julius had the opportunity to perform all over the world with a virtual galaxy of musical stars, including Santana. In 2005 he released his two-CD album "Passion & Romance." During his time with Santana, Julius was featured on the multiple-Grammy Award-winning CD "Supernatural," which led to a world tour, along with performing Song of the Year, "Smooth," with Rob Thomas and Carlos Santana, live at the Grammys. Julius was also featured on Santana's Grammy Winning CD "Shaman," performing the song "Game of Love" with Michelle Branch. His work on both of those albums led to the first of multiple Grammy awards.