Curtis Hairston was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.A. He began singing at the early age of 3 and was actively involved in the Tot's Choir, Children's Choir, and was an active member of the Spiritual Choir. In Winston Salem, Curtis became known locally for his rendition of 'We Are All God's Children'. Curtis sang the song at his grandfather's church By the age of 13 he had made up his mind to sing professionally. His early public education was in the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Schools.