Bubba Jackson was born in Harlem, New York, the third of five children to a family with Baptist roots. His Mom introduced him to Gospel, blues and Rhythm N' Blues through the music of Mahalia Jackson, Ruth Brown, Charles Brown and Ray Charles. His cousin, Chuck that turned him on to Cuban, Puerto Rican and Calypso. His eclectic musical flair is by no means a shallow acquaintance. He is very knowledgeable and well-versed in each genre.