Priest



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Leeroy Johnson a.k.a. Priest. This young dynamo grew up in Manchester, Jamaica.

Priest started singing at age 7, and by age 16 he was playing the drums for the services at church.

One Sunday, gospel icon Lester Lewis visited the church and openly commented that he recognized something in this young drummer.

Thus began an opportunity to play drums across the world for the gospel great. Priest left family and friends, travelling to countries as distant as Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and the UK. In hi

... Read entire bioLeeroy Johnson a.k.a. Priest. This young dynamo grew up in Manchester, Jamaica.

Priest started singing at age 7, and by age 16 he was playing the drums for the services at church.

One Sunday, gospel icon Lester Lewis visited the church and openly commented that he recognized something in this young drummer.

Thus began an opportunity to play drums across the world for the gospel great. Priest left family and friends, travelling to countries as distant as Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and the UK. In his own words, the experience "renewed [his] love for music". He travelled with the band from 2000 - 2003.

One over-riding principle learned from the tour: Lester tirelessly encouraged him to write his own material. In 2004, he returned to Jamaica and went into isolation, furiously learning the acoustic guitar and piano as well.

He re-emerged in 2006 to "try his hand" at being a solo artiste. In 2008, he met a local producer who introduced him to the recording studio. After recording a few tracks, he caught the ear of local disc jockey Nigel Lewis who encouraged him to perfect his unique sound.

Within a year, Priest was awarded the 2010 title of best new artiste on MegaJamz 98 FM. In that same year he entered the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Competition, emerging with a bevy of prizes including best lyrics, best arrangement, and 2nd place overall for his song. The accolades translated into numerous concerts throughout 2011, in Guyana, Trinidad, and the Cayman Islands.

2012 saw Priest returning to the JCDC competition and again sweeping numerous prizes, including an award for best performer.

Other achievements include the licensing of his song "If You Don't Know" as the title track for the movie "Just Another Friday" (2012), a Gospel Riddims and Youth For Christ venture.

Priest now lives in the cool climes of central Manchester, in the south of Jamaica. He is married with one child. A typical day begins with devotion with his family. This is followed by a bicycle ride to a nearby rural school where he teaches free music lessons. He still plays the drums and bass guitar at church.

His music ranges from conscious to cautionary, infectious crooning over the steady beat of reggae, roots and rocksteady. His rural background is thoroughly mixed with his years of world travel, emerging in a passionate blend of pleasing sounds. Definitely an artiste to watch in anticipation of super achievements.



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