Tracking for Levi’s November 2017 album release finally wrapped last Friday, March 3rd in Chicago. This means that all of the instrumental and vocal performances have been recorded and we are ready for the mixing portion of the process. For those of you learning as we go, the mixing process is like having all the ingredients of a cake sitting on the kitchen counter and now it’s time to determine how much of what ingredient is needed to make it taste good. It also shapes the overall mood of the album – gritty, polished, etc. Mixing, like film editing, is a skill that can make or break a project. We’re in good hands. Rob Ruccia at Uptown Recording begins mixing the high priority songs next month. These are the strongest songs on the album, the ones that are most capable of cultivating opportunities prior to it’s release and could help raise awareness of the album before it’s sell date. To mix all 13 songs will take some time, but we’re looking good with schedule.
Kreis had been writing since the close of his 2015 Kickstarter campaign – a year and a half of soul searching and mining for the strongest material thus far. Now that we know which of the fifty plus songs have made the final 13, we can tell you that much of the album feels like it picks up where Kreis’ best-selling debut album One of the Ones left off. There are incredibly vulnerable lyrical moments surrounded by the same haunting piano melodies audiences have come to associate with Levi’s music. The only addition to this piano pop canvas is the occasional cry of a mandolin or pedal steel, instruments that carefully reinforce the tear in Kreis’ voice without getting in the way. There is a southern sweetness to this record. Fans of One of the Ones will finally feel they have a new favorite album while also hearing our Tennessee mountain boy sound more at home than ever before.
Kreis will be back on Broadway for one night only on March 13th to perform in this years Broadway Backwards, an annual celebration of unity, equality and love through gender-reversed performances of classic show-tunes held at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. From the official Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS website:
“This exhilarating evening will include one-of-a-kind, unforgettable performances from celebrated stars of stage and screen including Sierra Boggess, Tony winner Len Cariou, Tony nominee Carolee Carmello, Robert Creighton, Ariana DeBose, Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo, Tony nominee Santino Fontana, Lora Lee Gayer, Tony winner John Glover, four-time Grammy Award nominee Josh Groban, Tony winner Cady Huffman, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Rachel Bay Jones, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Tony winner Levi Kreis, Eric Petersen, Tony nominee Andrew Rannells, Megan Sikora, Elizabeth Stanley, Bobby Conte Thornton, two-time Golden Globe winner, Tony nominee and Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner, six-time Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch, Rachel York and Jersey Boys original cast members Dominic Nolfi, Michael Longoria and Daniel Reichard.”
While in New York City, Kreis will be doing press for the release of the motion picture A Very Sordid Wedding as it’s Palm Springs premiere will be taking place on March 10th at the Camelot Theater. Kreis plays the antagonist of the film Rev. Jimmy Ray Brewton, a Texas preacher with an aggressive anti-equality agenda. The film will be making premieres in select cities across the country so be sure to follow their Facebook page for more details.
Start getting excited about Levi’s new release Broadway At The Keys available everywhere March 21st! You’ve never heard a B’way cover album quite this raw.
See ya soon.