The Subway Singer With a Real #1 Hit

Damon C. Scott sang on a massive hit in the U.K.
So why is he serenading New York City commuters for cash?

In November 2013, Storm Queen’s “Look Right Through” debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart just above Eminem and Rihanna’s “The Monster.” The dance track features yearning, emotional vocals by Damon C. Scott, son of Earth, Wind & Fire vocalist Sherry Scott. But though “Look Right Through” spent 20 weeks on the U.K. charts, the American singer saw little from its success. In fact, these days you can often find Scott serenading commuters for cash in the New York City subway.

That’s where filmmaker Emily Sheskin caught up with him for the short documentary, Damon at 86th Street. The film shares the story of the talented street performer’s brief brush with fame and his desire for a career beyond singing Adele covers for dollar bills and popping up in YouTube videos with tag lines about the amazing guy in the subway.

As he says of busking in the film, “I don’t want to do that for the rest of my life.” But breaking into the business is hard — even after your big break.

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