Jimmy Swaggart, birth name Jimmy Lee Swaggart, was born on March 15, 1935, in Ferriday, Louisiana, to sharecroppers parents Minnie and W.L. Swaggart. His parents were also fervent participants in the local Assemblies of God congregation at that time.
Since childhood, Jimmy had an obsession for music and he along with cousin Jerry would play piano at the church. Growing up, music was the desired career field for Jimmy. But his family had higher hopes from him.
It was while fulfilling his family duties he met fellow Parishioner Frances Anderson. Swaggart was 15 years old when he met Frances. The due met while both were in attendance at Jimmy’s father’s newly formed ministry.
The two tied the knot on 10th October 1952 and are still married. Poverty had a huge impact in their early marriage as the couple was not able to own a house; they lived in church basements. Jimmy was offered a contract by Sun Records during this time but he stuck with preaching. Several years later, he released Some Golden Daybreak. The success of his debut album propelled him to release albums such as Color Me a Story, Homeward Bound, Worship, and Live from Nashville. Live from Nashville was nominated as the Best Gospel Album at the 1976 Grammys.
Despite facing financial difficulties in the early life and the 1988 sex scandal, where Jimmy was found guilty of infidelity, the Swaggarts have been able to keep their marriage afloat.