Jekalyn Almonique Carr was born on April 22, 1997, to Jennifer Denise Carr and Allen Lindsey Carr in Arkansas. Jekalyn has two siblings: Allen Lindsey Carr Jr. and Allundria Carr.
At 5 years old, Carr began serving in her church's choir and was noted by her family to have a decent ear for music. Carr taught herself how to sing and became a main chorister in her neighborhood church.
At the age of 15, her single “Greater Is Coming” debuted on Billboard’s Gospel Music Top Ten.[citation.
Carr received her first Stellar Award at the age of 16. In 2021, Carr became the first gospel artist to be inducted into the Women’s Songwriters Hall of Fame and in 2022, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from President Joe Biden.