Kawan taught himself to play piano at a young age. He attended the Tajiri School of Performing Arts, where he learned opera, musical theater and the art of performing. He moved to Miami after high school and opened for Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Ludacris at a Florida jazz festival. In 2012, he became the musical director of a church in San Diego, but he realized he could not break into music without moving to Los Angeles. He has since played in jazz bars and for various celebrities.