Tell us your real name, date of birth, childhood experience.

Chris Leamy, August 5, 1988. I had a happy childhood. I grew up outside Chicago with one older sister and my mom and dad. I had a great childhood, very happy.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I learned how to play music with my best friends, in a garage. There were tons of basement shows and different bands in my hometown. I was really focused on heavy rock lead guitar playing. As I got older, I started focusing more on singing and composition, and less on riffing. 

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Tell us about your genre, concept, and idea behind your music video and the song.

I would say the music sits somewhere between pop rock, gospel and Americana. I have made electronic pop records in the past, but that felt too plastic for me. With this latest project, I really wanted to go back to the live instrumentation and pull just a little bit of what I learned in sampling. It was challenging in the best way.

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Tell us everything we need to know about you as a musician, all ups and downs in music business.

I don’t think I have anything to complain about in the music business. Yes, it is difficult, but I don’t mind the chase at all. I have gotten into rooms with people and producers far more intelligent and talented than myself.

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Tell us about members of your band, music producers, crew and how the song was recorded.

I wrote the songs with the guys in BRAVES. They are signed on Rostrum records, and I have known them for years. I flew out to Ojai, CA and we wrote the chords, melodies, lyrics there.  From there, I recorded the vocals to a scratch piano so we could really analyze the song structure. We wanted to make sure the vocals, words, and melodies were exactly as we wanted them and with just a piano, there was nowhere to hide. From there, I flew back to NYC, and added live instrumentation with John White at Whitewater Studio. He has worked on some of the best NYC records in the last 5 years, his ears are incredible.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience, and future goal.

Probably 4-5yrs or so.  #heplaysforme has be a huge part of my experience in music. A few years ago, I started playing original tunes next to homeless people just to demo new song ideas, any money we made they could keep. I did NOT count on the massive impact it would have on my life, and perspective. Before this I never spoke to homeless people, I assumed the homeless were just too lazy to work and/or addicted to drugs.  I was blown away by the incredibly inspirational stories I heard on the street. With permission, I started sharing funny, quick stories from the people I met using the hashtag #heplaysforme with the goal being to humanize the homeless population.  The effort went viral last year and was featured on CNN, CBS Morning show, Today show, and a few FB news platforms culminating in over 20 million views of media coverage. More importantly we were able to get several people completely off the street due to the coverage. The goal is to continue to push myself as an artist and put out projects I am proud of, and seeing what we can accomplish with #heplaysforme.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 

It’s a great stress relief for me. To see a song idea appear, and then develop is such an amazing rush. I don’t think it could ever get old.

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Tell us the secret behind a hit song.

I think the greatest thing about music is that NO ONE KNOWS. Everyone is trying to figure out what the “next sound is” and where the industry is going, but the fact of the matter is music will always rely on individual taste. What sounds like a hit to me, might sound horribly awkward and strange to someone else. That is what makes it fun, everyone hears things differently.

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Tell us the message you would like to pass on to your fans out there.

Through doing #heplaysforme, I would say  “A small act of kindness can make all the difference.”

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Tell us the kind of advice you will give an upcoming artist.

Be kind, humble and gracious with others. I have gotten into rooms with people far better than I am strictly because people thought I was a nice dude. At the end of the day, you work with people you like.  Also, try to help those around you. In a selfish industry like the music business, it will help you stand out in the best way.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards.

Thus far I have put out 2 EP’s and a few singles. I signed a distribution deal with Sony RED, as well as a limited Publishing deal with Riptide Music Group.

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List Radio or TV stations that are airing your songs, blogs that have featured you as well  and send message to them via this platform.

We have done a few national radio campaigns and I have been featured by CNN, the TODAY SHOW, People mag, Nowthis and other large outlets.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

The melody always comes first. After that, I sing made up noises basically,  to get used how it feels. Often changing different vowels to see what sings nice and what does not. From there, a phrase always seems to just pop out. On this track, that phrase was “hold ground.” From there I try to write the narrative around it and create the story.

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Name 5 biggest artists you like. 

Constantly changing. Lately it has been Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Chris Stapleton and Queen.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance. 

I have worked with BRAVES (Rostrum), The Kin (Interscope), as well as GC who writes lots of material for Shaggy, Red One, and other  Reggaeton artists. When I think of people I would like to work with, I am a songwriter geek. I would love to get in a room with Greg Kurstin or Ryan Tedder. Both of them have consistently produced phenomenal records over the years and it would be so fun to write with them and see how they look at songwriting.

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Give us the links to your website and social media.

IG: Leamy_alone

FB: Chrisleamymusic

chrisleamymusic.com

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Give us the various stores for fans to buy your music.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/chris-leamy/947688750

https://open.spotify.com/artist/1JPn3XQNeGEYGAxqC8apQx

https://soundcloud.com/chris-leamy

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Tell us your happiest and saddest day.

My happiest day recently was playing guitar for my 1yr old nephew. He had never heard live music before, and he got so excited. I will never forget it.  For a sad day, I lost my Grandpa this year, he helped me a lot with the development of #heplaysforme, bummed he didn’t get to see some of the nice things we were able to do for others.

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Tell us how you would spend a million dollars. 

If someone just handed me a million dollars, for no reason. I think I would plan out a 1yr excursion and systematically give it all away. It would be fun to see how many lives you can change with that type of money. I bet it is a lot.


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