Raheem DeVaughn was born in Newark, New Jersey on 5 May 1975. His father was a jazz cello player, who divorced the musician’s mother when he was still a child. Raheem fell in love with music when he still attended kindergarten. As a child, he participated in many music-related events.
When DeVaughn was a teenager, he dove deeper into the music realm. During that period, he started planning a music career. Raheem was a fan of Babyface. His mom told a story about Raheem asking her to drive him to the music store Waxie Maxie to get Babyface’s poster. DeVaughn lived with his mom in Maryland. In the summer, he visited his father in New Jersey. Together with his dad, Raheem attended numerous live concerts.
DeVaughn graduated High Point High School in Maryland and then enrolled in the university in Baltimore. During his studies, DeVaughn noticed a group of street musicians and decided to join them. The young man started skipping school to work on his music career. He wrote lyrics and music. Raheem was determined to become a professional singer.
DeVaughn found a job as a vendor in a music store Tower Records. His responsibilities included hanging price tags on records. At the same time, he worked for a local music company DC and performed with different groups, which were mostly unpopular. The singer became successful on the local level quickly. He started winning music contests and participating in different events.