Pink was born on September 8, 1979, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, to Judith, a nurse, and Jim Moore, a Vietnam veteran. Her father is Catholic and her mother is Jewish, and she has ancestors who emigrated from Ireland, Germany, and Lithuania. Pink grew up in Doylestown, where she attended Kutz Elementary School, Lenape Middle School, and Central Bucks High School West. Her father played guitar and sang songs, thus inspiring Pink from an early age to be a rock star. In high school, Moore joined her first band, Middleground, but the band folded upon losing a battle of the bands competition. Pink developed her voice early in life. Although a healthy baby at birth, she quickly developed asthma that plagued her through her early years. When she was a teenager, she wrote lyrics as an outlet for her feelings, and her mother commented, "Her initial writings were always very introspective. Some of it was very black, and very deep, almost worrisome." She began performing in Philadelphia clubs when she was 14 years old to support her meth addiction, and went through phases of using other narcotics, and abusing alcohol. Pink quoted,"I was extreme. I went through phases from skateboarder, to hip-hopper, to rave child, to lead singer in a rock band. I did it all, and all at the same time." At 16, together with two other teenage girls, Stephanie Galligan and Chrissy Conway, she formed the R&B group Choice. They landed a deal with L.A. Reid and worked with various producers for two years, never releasing a record, before Reid persuaded Moore to go solo. Her stage name "P!nk" was a nickname of hers when she was a child. She would get embarrassed easily and would turn pink.