The son of a Southern Baptist preacher, Jeffery Alani Stanfill was born in Brownsville, Tennessee and raised in Memphis. His mother, a now retired elementary school teacher, encouraged his love of music and art, while his father guided him in spiritual development and a great appreciation for gospel music. Jeffrey sang in church choirs from an early age. He sang his first public solo on the radio at age eight, with his rendition of “Climb Every Mountain,” from the “Sound of Music.”
Music was the focus of Jeffrey’s early life until he became involved with the riding and training of show jumping horses. Jeffrey toured the National Horse Show circuit until he was 18, at which point he realized that his talents were better served in music.
Jeffrey pursued a degree in vocal performance from Florida State University, and later attended New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Although his time at F.S.U. and N.E.C. was focused on Classical music training, Jeffrey also explored other avenues of music including Musical Theater, Pop, and R&B.