Ted Leo – biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

IntroPunk rock/indie rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist
Is Musician 
From United States of America 
Type Music 
Birth 11 September 1970, South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, U.S.A.
Age:49 years

Ted Leo is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is the frontman and lead guitarist of punk rock group Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, and in 2013, he and Aimee Mann formed the indie rock duo The Both.


Musical career

Leo was a founding member of the New York punk band Citizens Arrest in 1989. In the 1990s, Leo played in bands that included Chisel, Puzzlehead, and The Sin-Eaters.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists was formed in 1999 in Washington, D.C. The group recorded six studio albums between 1999 and 2010. Leo has also maintained a consistent presence as a solo performer since the 1990s.

In early 2013, Leo and Aimee Mann formed a duo called The Both, after Leo had toured with Mann for several months as her supporting act. He and Mann began writing songs together, and in March 2013, the duo performed their first show together as The Both (originally formatted as the hashtag #BOTH). Their self-titled debut album, The Both, was released in April 2014.

Early life

Born in South Bend, Indiana, Leo grew up in Bloomfield, New Jersey, where his family was from, and spent many formative years in the hardcore punk scene of New York City during the 1980s and early 1990s. He graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange in 1988 and the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 1993 with a degree in English.

Personal life

Leo grew up in New Jersey before moving to South Bend, Indiana to attend the University of Notre Dame, where he formed Chisel. He then moved to Washington D.C., and briefly moved to Boston thereafter. Leo currently lives in Narragansett, Rhode Island, and splits time between there and New York City.

Leo’s brothers, Chris and Danny Leo, are also singer-songwriters, and have been members of bands such as Native Nod, The Lapse, The Van Pelt, Vague Angels, and Holy Childhood.

Leo is a vegan, and has served as a spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He makes frequent radio appearances as a contributor to programs on WFMU, most notably to Tom Scharpling’s The Best Show on WFMU.


With Puzzlehead

  • Puzzlehead 7″ (1991)

With Animal Crackers

  • Split 7″ with Whipped (1991)
  • Self Titled 4 Song 7″ on Thrashing Mad Records

With Citizens Arrest

  • A Light In The Distance 88–90 (1995)
  • Soaked in Others Blood (2011)

With Chisel

  • Nothing New (April 1995; Gern Blandsten)
  • 8 A.M. All Day (January 1996; Gern Blandsten)
  • Set You Free (April 1997; Gern Blandsten)

With Hell No

  • Reformer 7″ (1991)
  • Skin Job Lp (1992)
  • “Hell No” (1992)

With Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

  • tej leo(?), Rx / pharmacists (September 1999; Gern Blandsten)
  • Treble in Trouble (September 2000; Ace Fu Records)
  • The Tyranny of Distance (June 2001; Lookout! Records)
  • Hearts of Oak (February 2003; Lookout! Records)
  • Tell Balgeary, Balgury Is Dead (October 2003; Lookout! Records)
  • Shake the Sheets (October 2004; Lookout! Records)
  • Living with the Living (March 2007; Touch & Go Records)
  • Rapid Response (September 2008; Touch & Go Records)
  • The Brutalist Bricks (March 2010; Matador Records) U.S. #114

With The Both

  • The Both (April 2014; SuperEgo Records)

Other appearances

  • This Bird Has Flown – A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles’ Rubber Soul (October 2005; Razor & Tie)