Levi Kreis | One of the Ones

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One of the Ones

by Levi Kreis

Piano Pop
Genre: Pop: Piano
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1. I Should Go
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2. With You
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3. Hardly The Hero
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4. Hold You All Night
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5. Lonely Sunday Morning
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6. Love In Another Light
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7. Just This Good
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8. Left Over
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9. Kiss You Yet
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10. Man Outta Me
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I’ve released three albums to date. (Today is the day after Mother’s Day, 2008, I’m sitting in the Houston airport after a surprise visit home.) Between “One of the Ones’, “The Gospel According To Levi”, and “Bygones”, I think I’m right to say that fans consider “One of the Ones” their favorite collection of songs. It certainly has the best back-story.
I was living in Hoboken, NJ, working for three catering companies and grabbing every shift I could, and still it wasn’t enough to keep groceries, let alone pay rent. My pride was pummeled having spent the previous 6 months on Atlantic records only to see nothing but frustration and disappointment result from it. However, just as I was re-entering the life of the struggling artist, I had snagged this little appearance on a network TV show called “The Apprentice”. XM Radio was involved in the episode and would provide a bit of exposure to the artist of the winning team. I didn’t get paid for being on the episode, and a confidentiality agreement kept me from saying anything about the experience for nearly six months, when the episode aired.
With six months to brainstorm, and a resolve to wait no more for some suit to make my career happen, I realized that people being introduced to my talent through the episode might look for me on the internet. If I had a website and a product ready to sell, I could stand to make a little money, and gain my first national fan base.
I thumbed through songs left untouched by the Atlantic runaround. Mostly ballads. I had no means to hire a band. I had $400 left to my name, and talked this guy into giving me one time through each song at the piano. He was gracious enough to oblige, and 2 hours later I hopped on the E train with eight, very personal piano/vocal recordings.
Still I was heartbroken over the last deal going sour. With so much label interest in the past, but no successes to speak of, it finally occurred to me why that may be. How could the music industry know who I am as an artist if I’m too afraid to tell them? I had spent most of my professional pursuits pretending to be straight. Everyone always told me that I would commit career suicide if anyone knew who I really was. Regardless, I was now desperate to offer something substantial to the world, however few or many people decided to listen. I chose to reveal on the insert of the CD that each love song was written about another man, save one very special girl. This was my professional coming out, and a remarkable freeing of my creative self.
The episode aired. My team and I won the challenge, and XM radio debuted “One of the Ones” to the world. I was invited to share the XM stage with legends like Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, etc. Songs were used on “Days of Our Lives”, “Young and the Restless”, and a compilation CD for Columbia Records. “I Should Go” garnered radio attention and live national performances. All in all, $400 dollars and a lot of stubbornness started what I just keep trying to build on everyday. Come to think of it, maybe this is my favorite CD as well.


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Anthony Loverde

Truly Wonderful!
The songs are wonderful and soothing to the soul. KISS U YET has awakened emotions in me I haven't felt in a long, long time. I am thankful to have come accross Levi Kreis, and will cherish this album. Thanks CD Baby!

Dave Andreski

Amazing Voice, Excellent Performer!
Levi Kreis is one of the best musicians that I have heard in a long time. Not only is the album amazing, but he is an awesome performer. I saw him in Chicago recently and can't wait until he returns! You will not regret listening to this CD.

Jamison Pitcher

Good stuff!
I saw Levi's fantastic live performance in Salt Lake City in 2006 but didn't pick up his CD (duh). I'm finally getting off my butt and doing it! :)

Cheli

Everything I Expected!
This is a beautiful CD, and I am in LOVE with it. I saw Levi on 'The Apprentice' as well, and this CD was a pleasant surprise . . . it just proves how talented he is, and I look forward to more. I'm a new fan! (Still wonder where to get the single from the show, though?)

Richard B.

Great sound, but overtone?
Heard him on the Apprentice. Loved it immediately. I have note listened to anything else since I got the cd two weeks ago. Problem is the homosexual content. If I had not caught on it would have been fine, but now when he say "the way your body curves beneath your clothes" I think of another man. I am straight so that does not help. However, it proves that his music is inspiring and powerful. I would love to see him in concert, and would really like some more of his music.

Mike

Excellent
Truly beautiful music very soothing .. such great words and true meaning

Robin

Amazing Guy, Amazing Voice, Amazing CD!
Really great CD. The songs are all very warm, very personal. As you listen you can really get an insight into what the writer was feeling as they wrote the song, and you really start to feel for them. It's amazing. Pick a cold, rainy day, curl up next to the window, and listen away!

Michael D. Dowdy

Delightful Romantic Love Songs By A Talented Singer with Golden Vocals
Levi Kreis is one of those super talented singers that has an golden voice that inspires and entertains. His romantic baritone vocals are enjoyable to listen to for hours. his songs are delightful on the One Of The Ones Cd. A most entertaining music cd to add to your music collection. I highly recommend this great music cd.As an former DJ, I rarely heard indie male singers as talented as Levi Kreis

mark ashby

great!
this cd rocks my world! levi you rule! move over elton, there is a new man in town!

Julie

Amazing - Moving -Addicting
I have never in my life called a radio station to find and artist. I heard I Should Go and had to find out who Levi was and where I could find his CD. I have listened to it everyday since it arrived. He puts undescriable emotions into words that completley describe your exact feelings - what a gift. The entire CD is amazing!!!
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