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They say Leify Green is a rambling man, a 21st-century nomad with a Gypsy soul. He first set out at age 15, spending a summer as a laborer in Montréal. It was there that he fell in love with the guitar. At 18, he wandered off to the West Coast, making a living performing on street corners and wharves up the California coast and into Oregon and Washington. Over the next few years, he played in various bands, including an Afro-Peruvian percussion ensemble in Lima, and he sailed and wrestled for UMBC, where he completed a dual degree in economics and linguistics. A year after graduating, he released his first EP and quit his job to pursue his musical calling full-time.
Leify is best known for his involvement in the West Coast Swing dance community. In 2011, his cover of Usher’s “DJ Got Us Falling in Love” became an underground hit on the international Westie circuit. Since then, he has been on a constant tour of North America, performing live at major dance conventions, local dances, and intimate living room gatherings alike. More recently, he has gained recognition in the Blues and Fusion dance scenes and he has taught several musicality workshops for dancers all over the United States.
Green’s musical influences are as diverse as his experiences. His sister is a classically trained trumpet player and his uncle is a master of the Irish fiddle. He listened to John Frusciante and Dave Matthews as a teenager, and he will never lose the African and Latin rhythms that shook his bones in South America. And, of course, he always has the stretch and compression of West Coast Swing flowing through his veins.
Leify Green is currently hiding out somewhere in the Pacific Northwest to work on his next album. He emerges from time to time for the occasional concert or dance event. To stay up to date on Leify’s activities and new releases, please subscribe to the Leify Green Conspiracy email newsletter. For booking information, please contact his management team at info@LeifyGreen.com.