James Bignon was born an only child in Savannah, GA, and raised in New York City. He came from a large family of singers, pianists, organists, and preachers. He started singing in church at the age of five and was already writing his own material at 11. He learned to play the piano by watching his parents and soon started taking lessons and theory courses. His impressive skills as a singer, writer, arranger, and instrumentalist were key to his successful recording career. He has recorded also with The Deliverance Mass Choir — of which one such video is shown below.