Kai Lyons was born and raised in the Excelsior District of San Francisco. He attended Fairmount Elementary School, Herbert Hoover Middle School, and Balboa High School. He transferred to Ruth Asawa School of the Arts his Senior year when he decided he was passionate about music.
Coming from a musical family, Kai was exposed to many musical styles from an early age. His first formal instructor was the neighborhood piano teacher who taught Kai how to play the blues.