Phoenix Brown has been dealt a bad hand in life. Born in Cleveland, Ohio to an absentee father and drug-addicted mother, Phoenix learned at a young age the meaning of survival. She witnessed her brother's life taken at the hands of a local drug dealer and also how the streets took over her mother's life. Phoenix was determined that her past would not predict her future. After graduating high school she enrolled in college, where she met and married the love of her life.