LeRoy Graham Jr. was born on the beautiful Island Nation of Jamaica, West Indies, in the tranquil parish of Portland. He is the son of LeRoy V. Graham, who was born in Santiago, Cuba, worked for the Jamaican Daily Gleaner, and started the First Caribbean-American Newspaper publication in the United States, in 1972. His mother, Dorothy Lingard is from Durham, Portland, Jamaica. LeRoy migrated to the United States on April 30, 1971. He is proud of his Jamaican/Cuban heritage.
LeRoy has been actively involved in the Music Industry for over thirty-five years and has had the unique experience of working for all three major Performing Rights Organization in the United States, as a liaison between music users and copyright owners: Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) – Licensing Representative, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) – Area Licensing Manager, and Society of European Stage, Authors, and Composers (SESAC) – Licensing Consultant.
He is a Teacher, Musician (saxophonist), Songwriter, Writer, Music Producer, Event Coordinator, Music Business Consultant (Intellectual Property Rights), Community Organizer, and High School Soccer Coach. He holds a dual master’s degree in education, Master’s degree in Educational Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York. He works for the New York City Department of Education and currently serves as Trustee Board Member and Police Commissioner in the village of South Floral Park, Long Island, an associate member of UJAA, and the UNIA.
His father introduced him to the great Skatalite’s Saxophonist and Reggae Music Pioneer Rolando Alphonso O.D. at the age of 12. Rolando became his mentor and teacher. He established ChaKyQuin Entertainment Group in 1990, in 2014 True Tribute Organization LLC (TTO), and 2019 True Tribute Organization Foundation Incorporation (TTOFI), a 501(c)(3) entity, the purpose of which is to assist in documenting, preserving, and protecting Jamaican’s rich music legacy and culture through Edu-Tainment and commemorate pioneering artists while they are alive. LeRoy has assisted many influential music pioneers including Clement Dodd of Studio One, Pat Chin of VP Records and many Caribbean artists with Music Business issues. He has performed with many New York based Reggae groups and is committed to promoting the positive aspects of Jamaican culture.