In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Tony Winner Levi Kreis about his new single “So Much Better” and his current “Flying Solo Tour”. Kreis became a Broadway star overnight with his effortless comedic timing and dazzling piano chops as Jerry Lee Lewis in the Tony nominated musical “Million Dollar Quartet” that garnered him the Tony. Now he returns to his LGBT roots with his single “So Much Better” that sets the tone for a new chapter in his career that directly speaks to our LGBT history. Levi says, “It captures a period of time where R&B and dance music emerged from the black and gay communities as vital anthems of freedom. Some call it nu-disco. I honestly don’t know what it is but I wanted a sound that celebrates our history and takes pride in our accomplishments.” We talked to Levi about his music and his spin on our LGBT issues.
When asked what his personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Kreis stated, “I think my best gift is my voice and my art. I’ve had partners that are so gifted in the political platform and their ability to articulate their knowledge and their understanding from a deliberate political angle is brilliant. I would love to be one of those people who are just politically brilliant but that’s just not my forte. I think my best voice is my art. This is where people hear what I have to say and so I want to use it to make my own personal statement. There’s a song on my new album coming out “Imagine Paradise” and a video that we’re planning that directly addresses DOMA and the right to love who we want to love. It was inspired by a friend of mine who’s in the military and it also addresses “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. He wanted to get married to his partner and they can’t. I get to use my art to sort of represent the issues my fans come to me with because their issues are issues of my own as an LGBT man, and hopefully through the power of music I try to articulate that in the way I know how.”
Kreis is currently on his Flying Solo Tour with dates scheduled through April and will continue as the album is released. Levi’s music has been featured on NBC, CBS, CW and FX. Most prominent features are The Vampire Diaries, Sons of Anarchy and The Apprentice. He has appeared on The View, David Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He is an OUT100 alum, #1 Logo Artist, and OUTMusic Award Winner. “So Much Better: US Singles” is available now on iTunes. Current dates for the Flying Solo Tour: In Chicago through March 21st - NYC, March 23rd - D.C., March 27th - Raleigh, March 30th - Knoxville, and April 13th - Atlanta. More dates TBA. Levi's new album "Imagine Paradise" will be released June 20th.
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