Born in Winnipeg, Canada. Only child to Kandi Smith and Tom Gorcie, who were professional ballroom dancers.Brent spent his childhood in Youngstown, Ohio with his mother and grandparents, Tom & Glorya Smith.
His grandfather was a well respected airline pilot for many years and his grandmother was an artist. They were also competitive swing & ballroom dancers.Went to 15 different schools in his lifetime and dropped out of high school his junior year to pursue music and film.
Is a descendant of Leo B. Gorcey (June 3, 1917 - June 2, 1969) who was an American stage and movie actor who became famous for portraying the leader of a group of young hooligans known variously as the Dead End Kids, The East Side Kids and The Bowery Boys.
In 1937, Samuel Goldwyn made the popular play 'Dead End' into a movie of the same name, and transported Leo and the other 5 boys to Hollywood. Leo Gorcey became one of the busiest actors in Hollywood for the next 20 years.