Jeannie Kendall was born November 13, 1954 in St. Louis, MO to parents Royce and Melba Kendall. At the time of Jeannie's birth, the family owned a combination beauty shop/ barbershop. But prior to his daughter Jeannie's birth, her father Royce, had experienced the sweet flavor of applause, and never completely lost the taste for it. He had performed with his brother Floyce as the Austin Brothers, achieving some success. Entertaining was a part of who Royce was, yet he set that part of himself aside to provide a stable income for his family.