Eric and Anson Dawkins were born in Davenport, Iowa. As young children they moved to Tennessee when their father, a Pentecostal minister who started his first church. In the mid-1980s when they were teenagers, the family moved to Ohio, where their musical careers took off. With such strong connections to the church, praising the Lord through music came naturally. Eric played piano while Anson played drums. "We have been singing all of our lives," Eric said. "Back then we never expected to do it professionally. Eventually we developed a desire to do this globally, rather than just locally."