Jesse Duplantis, born on July 9, 1949, was raised as a Catholic and a Cajun. He grew up in Houma, Louisiana. As a member of the band "Spring Winecooler," he performed under the stage name "Jerry Jackson." His mother used to call him a heathen and he learned to play guitar, specifically blues guitar, from a neighbour on a one-stringed banjo. He earned a living as an opening act and back-up band for jazz groups. Duplantis also performed as a glam metal replacement guitarist for several high profile bands on tour. He became interested in The Lord Jesus Christ after hearing Billy Graham speak about salvation and the Love of Christ.