ABOUT CHRIS LEAMY
Chris Leamy is a NYC based rock artist infusing big pop melodies with loud guitars and slamming drums. Upon moving to NYC after college, Chris was working a full-time finance job and hitting the studio any chance he got. Living the dual, fast paced life of both Wall Street and Manhattan’s music scene Chris was always burning the candle at both ends. But his world came to an abrupt halt when a doctor diagnosed him with Multiple Sclerosis. It was during this time that Chris found a saving grace in a surprising group of people - the homeless community. Chris started busking alongside homeless individuals in Union Square to demo new song ideas, donating any money he earned to his new friends and began to share their stories on social media. Inspired by the human spirit of resilience, Chris experienced a change in perspective that would go on to change his life and his music dramatically. "I assumed these people needed MY help, and it was actually the opposite. In trying to serve others, I received 10 times that help in return,” says Chris. Using the hashtag - #heplaysforme - the movement garnered national and international attention from media outlets like PEOPLE TODAY Show CNN HuffPost, Chicago Tribune as well as social media coverage by Nowthis (11mm views), and more. Chris raised roughly $100k worth of donations and corporate sponsorships for the Bowery Mission (NYC), PADS Lake County (Chicago), and A Room At the Inn (Nashville).
“Getting diagnosed with MS was certainly one of the most difficult things I have ever been through, but it was also the best thing that ever happened to me. I became a better son, brother, friend, and partner. I have never been good at ‘enjoying the moment’ and MS opened my eyes to how quickly things can change. The concerns that previously seemed so important suddenly did not matter, and the things that I took for granted actually meant the most. What a wonderful lesson to learn when you are young. The impact on my music was visceral and immediate. The New Yorker attitude of ‘no one cares, work harder’ was such a blessing as I put myself back together. I realized what a gift it is to have music as an outlet, so there was no time for a pity party. I become less concerned with current trends and Instagram followers and instead obsessively focused on the emotional impact of my songs. Shortcuts and quick fixings suddenly seem very frivolous. This led to a far better product and also incredible partnerships. Dominic Florio and Chris Sclafani (bios listed below) are friends I met during my darkest days that brought out the absolute best in me. That is why I will always love NYC. I fell apart and put myself back together here. I met my wife and good friends here. I wrote the most important songs of my life here. New York City is the life blood of this project and I feel so fortunate to live in a place that has given me so many fantastic opportunities and memories”