ABOUT CHRIS LEAMY
Three years ago, Chris Leamy 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 misdiagnosed him with a terminal disease. When the doctor later assured Chris he was indeed healthy, Chris was convinced otherwise. A fair assumption considering he’d basically stopped sleeping all together after the diagnosis.
As a result, Chris developed a debilitating case of OCD and began to struggle through even the most basic daily routines.
It was during this time that Chris found a saving grace in a surprising group of people - the homeless community. After a chance encounter, Chris started playing his music alongside homeless individuals in Union Square Park. He started busking weekly, 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 NowThis (11M views), CNN, CBS This Morning, FOX, Huffington Post, The Today Show, The New York Times and more.
Chris now spearheads the "He Plays For Me" movement where he has helped countless individuals and partnered with organizations nationwide in an effort to humanize the homeless community through the power of music.
Whether you see Chris Leamy with his band in a nightclub or with his acoustic guitar on the side of the street playing on Saturday morning for #heplayforme, you’re going to hear music that tells the truth - salt of the earth stories - from real life adversity and triumph. Gritty, soulful, beautiful - such is life - and rock’n’roll.