Truett Pratt grew up in San Antonio, Texas and sang in his church choir. Jerry McClain also sang in the choir in his hometown of Pasadena, California. McClain formed his first band, American Scene, with Michael Omartian in the mid-1960s. In 1970, Omartian began a successful record producing career, eventually recording hits for Michael Bolton, Christopher Cross, Donna Summer, Rod Stewart, Amy Grant, Gary Chapman, and 4HIM, among others. In the early 1970s he introduced McClain to Pratt. They formed a band called Brother Love, and began recording commercial jingles.