Born and raised in North Carolina, Anntwan grew up with tons of musical influences. He began singing at 4 and started playing piano soon after, by ear. His mother was a musician and singer at their family church, as well as singing and playing with the local R&B/Soul group "The Hesitations", which consisted of all family members. His mother would have him sitting beside her during church services while she would play and sing, which is where his ear developed. "The Hesitations" would eventually record several records locally and opened for R&B superstars Staci Lattisaw and Tony Terry while touring in North Carolina. Anntwan would spend many nights in the studio with the group, at a very young age, absorbing and wanting to be a part. Anntwan's grandmother, a professional Jazz singer, performed in many night clubs throughout the Washington, DC area, and was signed to Cap City Records, owned by Florence Greenberg who had spun Dionne Warwick's career. Anntwan's grandfather was a local legend who played guitar and piano, and had singing styles like Sam Cooke. His grandfather would also have the opportunity to sing with the iconic gospel group, The Mighty Clouds of Joy. Anntwan was in multiple singing groups and choirs throughout high school and college, but after realizing that he wanted to entertain professionally, he decided to go solo. After years of writing and keeping it all hidden, he was ready to finally share his gift with the world. Anntwan feels that he should continue with the family musical legacy and take it a step further.