J. Laroi was born Jeffrey LaRoi Smith on August 19, 1964 in the Bronx, New York. He comes from a musical family, some of his relatives include the late Grover Washington Jr., and Roger "Zapp" Troutman. He plays several instruments which include guitar, bass,and keyboards. J.LaRoi plays smooth jazz infused with rock, Latin, R&B & world influences.
J.LaRoi started playing guitar at the age of 12 after watching his grandfather Newman Williams ( a blues guitar player) play guitar. While attending high school in Yorktown Heights, NY, He worked part time as a guitar instructor at the Carrozza Music school headed by world renowned accordionist Carmen Carrozza. Upon graudaution from high school, he enrolled in college at Morgan State University where he was a Biology,pre-Med major. During this time, J.LaRoi played with several local bands, one of which included Incognito vocalist Maysa Leak.
After graduating from college, he continued playing music and started honing his skills as a recording & mix engineer. During this time, he married his wife Romona, and the couple had 5 children. While working as a medical technologist in Maryland, J.LaRoi took a job with Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. He would tour with the group for the next 7 years.
After his stint with Maze was over, he started recording and producing local acts and has worked with such acts as Groove Stu, RuScola, Dru Hill, Lenny Williams, Lonnie Liston Smith, Kut Klose to name a few.
At the urging of his father, J.LaRoi started & completed what is now the CD entitled " West End of the Sky" which will be releasing in early 2013.