Kari Jobe was born in Waco, Texas to parents Mark and Caroline "Sandy" (née Bragg) Jobe and was raised in Watauga, Texas and Hurst, Texas. She has two siblings, Kristen and Caleb. Jobe first began singing at the age of three, and became a Christian at the age of five. As she grew older, she attended Oral Roberts University, Christ for the Nations Institute and Dallas Baptist University and obtained her degree in pastoral studies and psychology.  In 2004, Kari Jobe came into the Christian music spotlight with her performance of "Revelation Song" while at Christ for the Nations Institute.