Ty was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey. The youngest of four siblings, Ty grew up singing in a Baptist church until the seventh grade when a friend introduced him to the band The Clash. Inspired, he combined his soulful church music with the raw, kinetic energy of his new found love.rock! Ty was on the honor roll at his performing arts high school. He received a full scholarship from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where he was an awarded graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in drama and music.