A lot is going on in the world right now. Left and right, people are faced with challenges, difficulties, and adversities that make each day harder and harder to face. During times like this, people tend to lose hope or start giving up. And amid hopelessness and sadness, some step up to become bearers of inspiration and joy to everyone. One person who chose to step up and be a light in the middle of the darkness is a singer and musician LeRoy Mobley.
LeRoy Mobley is a West Hollywood, California based singer known for his song “Better Together,” released in 2018. He was born in Manila, Philippines, to general contractor and Vietnam War Veteran father Leroy Mobley Jr. and registered nurse and Gulf War Veteran mother, Sherenita Ann Rush. Eight months after he was born, their family moved to the suburbs of Brandon, Florida. His unique upbringing with the mix of East Pacific and Western influences made the man he is today.
LeRoy graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in psychology and a Spanish minor, currently speaking the language fluently. While he was growing up, music became a huge part of LeRoy’s life, but it was not until he was already 11 years old that he began singing for audiences. Mrs. Cunningham of Middleton Middle School in Tampa, Florida, became an instrument for LeRoy to believe in himself. Mrs. Cunningham believed in him, and this gave LeRoy the push to share his music with the world. He went on to sing in churches and schools. Since then, LeRoy’s voice has been featured on SUNSET STRIP, West Hollywood, CA, FOX’s Good Day New York, the United Nations, Broadwayworld.com, and Tokyo Disney Sea‘s Broadway Show “Big Band Beat.”
LeRoy’s musical inclination does not just stop with singing. He also plays different instruments such as the trumpet and guitar. He was also a competitive Salsa and Latin ballroom dancer joining competitions in 2014. The crooner also fell in love with theater and acting and went on to perform in musicals. One notable play he starred in was the hit musical performance Coming of Age in Korea, a story of three soldiers who formed an unlikely friendship despite coming from different backgrounds. In 2011–2012, he was also cast at the Tokyo Disney Sea’s Broadway Show, Big Band Beat.
Later on, the musician transitioned from singing in churches and schools into mainstream Raw-Pop and R&B. His musical influences include John Legend, Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled, Calvin Harris, David Guetta, and Stevie Wonder. In 2018, LeRoy Mobley released a debut song “Better Together.” The song is about the issue of racial injustice. LeRoy believes that forgiveness is the solution to racial division. He hopes that his song inspires people to believe that all races can live equally and harmoniously.
But like any other artist who has a cross to bear, LeRoy also had his fair share of woes and hurdles to overcome. In his twenties, LeRoy fell into a life ruled by depression. He battled suicidal thoughts and addictions that lead him on a path of deviance and decadence. But on the faithful day of December 28, 2010, he encountered a transformational miracle that led him back. From that moment on, he would turn to God and music to cope through the process of change and freedom. The salvation LeRoy encountered has created a positive impact on the artist’s life. Now, everything he does revolves around God’s love and bringing joy and inspiration to anyone who hears him.
In his spare time, he supports charity work for Radiance International and Veteran’s Affairs PTSD, two causes closest to the musician’s heart. He also loves to travel, having visited the Philippines, Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Italy, England, Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii. He has also been employed in Japan, Guyana, throughout the USA, and Canada.
He is currently performing in house concerts. He hopes to perform in music festivals worldwide while ending systemic fatherlessness.