Peter Hernandez (born October 8, 1986), better known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer-songwriter and music producer. He is well known for lending his vocals and co-writing the hooks for the songs “Nothin’ on You” by B.o.B, and “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy. He also co-wrote the international hit “Right Round” by Flo Rida.
Life and career
Peter Hernandez was born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii by parents Pete and Bernadette “Bernie” San Pedro Hernandez, of Filipino and Guatemalan descent. Hernandez was one of six children, (brother Eric and sisters Jaime “Kailani”, Tiara, Tahiti and Presley). He came from a musical family giving him a diverse mix of Reggae, Rock, Hip Hop, and R&B. From a young age, he was impersonating and performing songs by influential artists such as Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley. In 1990 Hernandez was featured in MidWeek magazine as “Little Elvis”. He attended President Theodore Roosevelt High School, graduating in 2003 at age 18, and shortly after moved to L.A. to pursue a musical career.
Before becoming a successful solo artist, he was an acknowledged music producer penning songs for the likes of Flo Rida, Alexandra Burke, Travie McCoy, Adam Levine, Brandy, and Sean Kingston. It was soon announced after the success of “Nothin’ On You” that Hernandez would be releasing his debut EP, titled It’s Better If You Don’t Understand on May 11, 2010. A debut studio album is hinted to be released later this year. Keshown Cassell also helped with this product whose known for his work on other Rapper/Actor Drake projects.