In days where racial differences have divided us, one musician stands boldly with a message that will unite and heal all peoples. That message is one of forgiveness, and it’s a song that LeRoy Mobley sings proudly.
Born to a Vietnam War veteran and a registered nurse stationed in the Philippines, LeRoy has an interesting background. His upbringing is a mix of East Pacific and Western influences. Both have made him the man and musician he is today. After moving to the states, Mobley and his family lived in the suburbs of Brandon, Florida. He studied at the University of South Florida and took up a degree in psychology and a minor in Spanish, which he speaks fluently until today.
In his twenties, LeRoy fell into a narrative ruled by depression. He battled suicidal thoughts and addictions that brought him into a downward spiral of decadence. On December 28, 2010, Mobley encountered a transformational miracle. From that time on, he would turn to God and music to cope through the process of change and freedom.
From an early age, LeRoy’s musical talent was evident. At 11 years old, he started performing for audiences through the guidance of his Middleton Middle School teacher, Mrs. Cunningham. He went on to sing in churches and schools. The music aficionado also picked up a love for theater and dance and went on to perform in musicals. LeRoy performed in notable plays, including the hit musical performance Coming of Age in Korea, a story of three soldiers with different backgrounds and how they formed an unlikely friendship. In 2011–2012, the performer joined the cast at Tokyo Disney Sea as one of their performers for the Broadway show Big Band Beat.
Later on, he developed a love for the Raw-Pop and R&B genres. He found inspiration in musical influences like John Legend, Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled, Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Coldplay, and Stevie Wonder. In 2018, Mobley released his first original single, “Better Together,” which delves into the issue of racial injustice. According to the writer and artist, he believes that forgiveness is the antidote to racial division. His revelation and vision inspire his song that all races can live in equality and harmony.
Mobley’s most significant turning point was finding salvation through the love of God as His Father. This encounter drove him to use his music to influence others positively. His life theme: to love God and love people as he loves himself with the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Today the artist sings mainly to encourage others and bring joy and inspiration to all who listen to him. In his spare time, he also supports charity work for Radiance International and Veteran’s Affairs PTSD—two causes closest to the musician’s heart.
LeRoy has performed for The United Nations and has also appeared on FOX’s Good Day New York. Currently, he performs in house concerts. He’s also made a name for himself online as he has gathered over 41,600 Instagram followers who frequent his account to listen to his snippets of musical performances.