Al Jarreau is a Grammy Award winning jazz singer who has had a successful career as a professional troubadour since the mid-1970s. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jarreau's father was a Seventh-Dad Adventist Church minister and singer while his mother was a church pianist. Being reared in a musical household, Jarreau and his family would oftentimes preform during church congregations. After graduating with a vocational rehabilitation degree from the University of Iowa, Jarreau moved to San Francisco to work as a rehab counselor, while at the same time moonlighting as a jazz singer. Jarreau ultimately decided to pursue a career as a professional singer. After gigging around the San Francisco Bay Area for a while, meeting new musicians and honing his craft, Jarreau to move to Los Angeles, where he was eventually spotted by a talent scout for Warner Brothers Records. Jarreau's first album with Warner Brothers, 1978's All Fly Home, was a success and helped establish the singer as one of the more talented voices of his generation.