A product of war and poverty, Jaway started his musical journey singing in a church choir in his home town of Monrovia, Liberia. Six years into the1989 Liberian Civil War, he migrated to the United States in order further his education. After receiving his M.B.A., Jaway moved to L.A to pursue a career in business and live an "ordinary" life. All that changed one day when he was overheard singing to himself at the gym—and the rest, as they say, is history.

According to Jaway, he had to be dragged kicking and screaming to his first musical experience. At age five, he was recruited into the church choir against his will by the directress—his mother. “You see, it wasn’t so much that I didn’t want to sing in the choir—I was just more interested in sports and other things like all my friends were”, he exclaimed.