James Fortune was born and raise in Richmond, TX. He was raised in the church where his dad was the pastor. He started playing drums @ age 5. In 1998, Fortune, formed a community gospel group called YFC (Youth For Christ). They ministered @ various youth conferences, churches and other community events. As he grew older and closer in his relationship, God moved Fortune to change name to FIYA (Free In Yahweh's Abundance), which stems from John 10:10b, I come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.