Christian Scott was born to Cara Harrison and Clinton Scott III and also has a twin brother, Kiel. At the age of 13 he was given the chance to play with his uncle, jazz alto saxophonist, Donald Harrison. By 14, he was accepted into the New Orleans Center of Creative Arts where he studied jazz under the guidance of program directors, Clyde Kerr, Jr. and Kent Jordan.
Once he completed high school, Scott received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While attending Berklee, he studied under the direction of Charlie Lewis, Dave Santoro, and Gary Burton. In just three years, he was able to complete his undergraduate degree in Professional Music with a concentration in Film Scoring.
His debut album for Concord Records, Rewind That, received a Grammy nomination. Scott received the Edison Award in 2010 and 2012.