With fans ranging in age from 3 to 93 and of every race and background, Kassy Levels, a singer-songwriter from McKinney, Texas has found a way to reach the masses. It’s not everyday that you hear a 14 year old with an amazingly mature alto voice playing songs so catchy you stop and listen and that’s not easy to do in this day and age.
Kassy was born on April 12, 1996 in Richardson, Texas to Kevin and Karen Levels. Music was always a part of life in the Levels home. Being of African American and Filipino descent, Kassy found that her roots didn’t much influence the families musical taste. “We grew up listening to everything from funk to country to gospel to heavy metal.” says Kassy.
It wasn’t until she was 9 that Kassy’s outstanding vocal talents were recognized. After hearing Kassy sing in class, her Sunday school teacher convinced Kassy to sing on the adult worship team at her church. Not long after, she developed a passion for singing and songwriting. She started writing worship music that is still used in the church where her father is pastor. The songs were so good that church members started asking for recordings.
As Kassy entered her teens, she began to expand her scope of writing by penning songs that related to situations in her life. Her songs reflect a self-respect and maturity well beyond her 14 years. Not surprisingly, the songs have found a much broader audience than one might expect for a young teen as the depth of her lyrics speak to multiple generations. Kassy’s songwriting skills go beyond the lyrics as this self-taught musician has mastered the artistry of composing songs which draw you in and leave you wanting more.
As a testimony to her mass appeal, Kassy recently won the “People’s Choice” award in the Pop/AC category at Fall Indie Fest 2010 in Grand Prairie, Texas. She was recently recognized by MOG.com and listed as one of their artist of the week on their MusicXray site. Her song “Sweet Dear” also reached #1 on “The Radio Cafe”, a Detroit Indie internet radio station weekly top ten countdown show. She is also currently a finalist in the national Yobi.tv “YobiSing Vocal Talent Contest”.
Citing influences as diverse as Beyonce, John Mayer and Journey, Kassy has created a unique sound within the classifications of modern pop with the laid-back appeal of adult contemporary. It’s easy to see that with her natural charm, dynamic stage presence and collection of outstanding original music, Kassy Levels is the complete star package.