But his world came to an abrupt halt when a doctor misdiagnosed him with a terminal disease. 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 & his music dramatically.
Using the hashtag #heplaysforme the movement garnered national & international attention from media outlets like NowThis (11M views), CNN, CBS This Morning, HuffPost, The Today Show, The NY Times & more.
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.