TONY Award Winning Theater & Film Actor – Recording Artist – Songwriter – Pianist – Blogger
Levi Kreis is a singer-songwriter and actor whose mesmerizing live performances are often described as Harry Connick Jr. meets Hugh Jackman. His piano is an appendage that requires no effort. His southern humor will charm you. His vulnerability will move you. Years of exuberant reviews have dubbed Kreis the consummate performer. And he learned from the best.
Levi spent his youth learning everything he knows from Little Miss Dynamite, Brenda Lee. Traveling on her tour bus and studying her genius on stage and off, Kreis adopted Lee’s strong work ethic and classy reputation. But it was Brenda’s ability to have an audience in the palm of her hand that Kreis sought to make his own. By all accounts, Kreis succeeded. To this day Lee confesses, “I taught him everything he knows!”
Kreis won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical when his experience as a recording artist, actor, and pianist combined to originate the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in Broadway’s Tony nominated musical Million Dollar Quartet. His Broadway debut, audiences were electrified by Kreis’ charisma and comedic timing. Other notable acting credits include Broadway’s Tony nominated revival Violet, the national tour of Rent, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Pump Boys & Dinettes, and the films Frailty, Don’t Let Go, Slip Tumble and Slide, A Very Sordid Wedding, and The Divide.
Liberated is Levi’s sixth self-released album and leans in to the piano-centric, cinematic sound that garnered him musical licenses for shows like The Vampire Diaries, Sons of Anarchy, and So You Think You Can Dance. Levi is from the small Appalachian town of Oliver Springs, TN and for the first time, you hear his roots. The piano/bass/drums trio is now wrapped with the warmth of a pedal steel and mandolin, perfectly complimenting the tear in Levi’s voice. Kreis describes the album as a male Adele with a southern slant. His signature songs of love and heartbreak have never been better as Kreis’ songwriting is at the top of it’s game. The album is Kreis’ journey through love, marriage and the divorce he hasn’t spoken of until now.