Born in the city of Los Angeles, Arthur Joseph (AJ) Rafael has grown up with music all around. His dad taught many choirs while his mom was a member in all of them. He grew up around so many musically talented people. AJ began piano lessons at the age of four. His dad passed away from surgical complications when he was ten-years-old, so AJ took his father's place as the accompanist for his church at the time, St. Patrick's Catholic Church. AJ has been playing the piano there ever since.