I have written about musician/songwriter/actor Levis Kreis before on my blog. I am doing so again because as he continues his evolution as an artist, I continue to be a fan, not only of his music, but of his journey.
He was featured again recently on the award winning podcast Feast of Fools (http://www.feastoffools.net/). By, the way, if you have not tuned in yet to the Feast of Fools, you are missing out on the most entertaining and one of the most provocative shows on the Internet.
Kreis currently is appearing at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in the show The Million Dollar Quartet (http://www.milliondollarquartetlive.com/#/home/). He plays legendary Rock and Roller, Jerry Lee Lewis, and has gotten great reviews. His piano playing has especially gotten some notice.
The show captures the true event when one night on December 4, 1956 Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley got together for a one time only rock and roll jam session.
From his initial rise as a Christian gospel singer; to his exposure as a budding pop artist on The Apprentice; to his coming out as a gay man; to his acting career; to his moving, soulful albums; Levi Kreis continues to be a talent to be reckoned with in the business.
His next album Where I Belong is due out in January.
Personally, Levi’s journey out of a conservative Christian background parallels my own life in a lot of ways, so I find his story compelling. He is refreshingly honest and lays his soul bare in his lyrics. There is so much feeling in his songs that it literally sweeps you away into your own emotional self-reflection. His music is not the commercialized fabricated, disposable kind you hear a lot today. It is music earned and brought forth through the labor pains that come from living life in a very real way.
In his interviews, you find him to be charming and having a good sense of humor. It is that sense of humor that every gay man arms himself with in order to survive. Some of us have made money off it in stand up comedy. He is also honest about where he is in life. He is still a seeker of the meaning of life. He questions the conventional. He seeks truth. He is constantly on growth mode and constantly peeling the layers off as he moves forward in the closest thing I can describe to his personal spiritual journey. I admire that about him. It speaks to a very genuine person.
If you are in Chicago, see his show. Buy his music. Listen to his interview on the Feast of Fools. Kreis is one of the great ones.
Levi Kreis – Official Web Site: http://www.levikreis.com/live/