Carlton Livingston, the fourth of six children, was born in the parish of St. Mary, Jamaica. At an early age, Carlton began singing in church; this is where he discovered his musical gift. Carlton mother Beryl and his older sisters were all very active in their church choir and play a part in influencing and giving Carlton a base to start his musical journey.
Carlton moved to Kingston along with his family. In 1970 relocated to Franklyn Town where he attended Vauxhall Secondary School. Around that time he started a sound system “Fantastic Three” with his friends-the most famous being Lone Ranger. Tony Walcott heard the talent in Carlton and Ranger, and took them along with new comers Welton Irie and Puddy Roots to refine their skills. Carlton impressed Tony so much that around 1978 he took him to Channel One Records to record :( TALE of TWO CITIES). After that he went to “STUDIO ONE”, this led to such hits as (WHY) (HERE I STAND) and (PREDICTIONS).