"This truly represents (Kreis) as an artist...coming home to his roots."
-Dan Kimpel; Music Connection Magazine
If Levi’s acclaimed sophomore release, “The Gospel According To Levi”, took us through the complicated and painful past of a young man growing up under the grip of religious fundamentalism, then it must have been cleansing for Mr. Kreis because there is no trace of hardship here. “Where I Belong” is the most positive, uplifting offering we’ve witnessed from this piano man. We depend on Levi’s pop sensibilities to write a contagious hook, but this time around, they simmer with southern soul that rings truer than any previous endeavor.
Levi Kreis released his debut album “One of the Ones” in 2005 following an appearance on NBC’s hit reality show The Apprentice with Donald Trump. Combined with an exclusive CD premiere on XM Radio, the world’s introduction to Levi began a firestorm of conversation. Songs from his debut CD have been featured on The Apprentice, Days Of Our Lives, and The Young And The Restless spawning national television appearances and radio rotation. His sophomore CD released in 2006, “The Gospel According To Levi”, garnered more television and film placement and a music video for the single “We’re Okay” which held the #1 position for nine weeks on Mtv’s Logo network. With nearly 300 appearances in 2006-07, Levi has shared the stage with Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Snoop Dog, Farrel, Collective Soul, and opened for Cyndi Lauper at Wrigley Field.
Levi’s 1997 move to Los Angeles found him cast as “Roger” in a National Tour of Rent where he unexpectedly discovered his love for acting. His natural musical talents complemented his budding on-screen abilities and he was cast as one of the musical leads in the award-winning independent film “Don’t Let Go.” After completing a few short films, Levi was invited to work with Bill Paxton and Matthew McConaughey in Paxton’s directorial debut “Frailty” where Levi played the emotional role of Adam Meiks.
In fall of 2007, Levi took a break from touring to become the original cast member in a new hit musical called “Million Dollar Quartet”, where he received astounding reviews for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis, and went on to launch the official national debut at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. 2008 provided a record-breaking run, and Levi’s performance received enthusiastic praise from The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Times, among others.
“Where I Belong” proves that Levi has come into his own with a sound nostalgic for his gospel roots and southern soul, and promises to be the most defined chapter in this young prolific singer/songwriters promising career.