Majesty Rose was born on February 29, 1992, to Lori Grant and Rickey York. Rose began writing at age ten and taught herself the acoustic guitar at seventeen. Despite her skills as a singer and guitarist, she has never taken formal lessons.
She was a student at the Eastern Wayne High School and graduated in 2010.She also attended Wayne Community College and participated in SGA (Student Government Association). She worked as a preschool teacher at the Goldsboro Family YMCA before appearing on American Idol. Rose is known in her community for serving at multiple churches and volunteering at nursing homes and community outreach projects.
According to Rose, she changed her name from Majesty Rochelle York to Majesty Rose as a dare going into American Idol. She always wished her name was "Rose".