Layton Howerton was born the son of pioneer missionary parents who traveled throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. As a young child, Howerton was miraculously healed of leukemia.
At the age of 19, he realized that God was calling him to become a pastor. However, he resisted the call and forged ahead toward his own plans of a musical career. Finally at the age of 36, Howerton surrendered, deciding to pursue his pastoral calling. He moved his wife and five kids from Nashville, TN, to Wyoming. There he served as a pastor, only to discover that music was not simply a part of his past. In fact, he began to write more and more songs in an effort to communicate important messages to his congregation.
Not long after the move, BMG Publishing called Howerton and signed him to a publishing deal. Soon after, Sparrow Records offered him a record contract, resulting in the release of his debut album, Boxing God.