The singer of the Dave Matthews Band was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1967. About  two years later, the singer made the move to the United States with his family. He grew up mainly in Westchester County, New York, but lived in Johannesburg again for a brief time. Matthews left Johannesburg before he could be enlisted for the South African military service. Eventually, the musician found a home in Charlottesville, Virginia, where after finding a place in the local music scene, he formed the Dave Matthews Band.