Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Junior grew up in the former "Rubber Capital of the World," Akron, OH, and spent time in Cleveland before splitting for Chicago, IL, at age 16. About a year later he formed the Mystery Girls, then moved on to front the Rosehips. When the Rosehips issued their 1994 album Soul Veronique in Parchment, it did little in the U.S., but shot up the Scandinavian independent album charts. It even went to number one in Finland. Junior eventually left the Rosehips in 1995 and ventured over to England to work with Epic Soundtracks (ex-Swell Maps). Junior spent three years recording and touring with him before Epic's tragic death in 1997. During that same time, Junior also toured with Epic's brother, Nikki Sudden. He was ultimately forced to return to Chicago, due to immigration difficulties, but had already been working on the idea to form his own band, the Chamber Strings.