Levi Kreis is an American recording artist and Tony Award winning actor from Oliver Springs, Tennessee, who released his debut album on November 17, 2005 accompanied by an appearance on a special XM radio edition of NBC's hit reality show The Apprentice. Four hopefuls were chosen from thousands of submissions. The two teams had a challenge to write, record, produce and package an artist for XM's station XM Cafe. Levi Kreis and his team won the challenge launching Levi's recording career worldwide. His discography includes, "One of the Ones" (2005), "The Gospel According To Levi" (2007), "Bygones" (2008) "Where I Belong" (2009) and in 2010 the #1 Video on MTV Music.com's Top 100 Most Watched Videos, #1 Video of the Year (Logo Channel), Artist of the Year & Single of the Year (Q's In The Biz), OMA Award for Best Contemporary Spiritual Song of the Year, voted "Best of 2009 (w/ Outradio, Audiofile, & CA.'s We The People News).
As an actor, Levi was cast in the role of "Roger" in the national tour of Rent. He next starred in the award-winning independent film "Don't Let Go" starring Katherine Ross and Scott Wilson. He also played opposite Matthew McConaughey with the role of "Adam Meiks" in Bill Paxton's directorial debut Frailty. Levi originated the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in Broadway's new musical Million Dollar Quartet. Prior to Broadway, Levi was nominated for "Best Supporting Actor (Chicago's Jeff Awards) for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis. On June 13, 2010, he received the Tony Award for "Best Featured Actor In A Musical" for the role.
In the May 2010 edition of The Rage Monthly, a San Diego gay lifestyle magazine, Levi answered questions from the author Bill Biss about coming out. Rage: "On your very first CD, you came out in the liner notes...what have been the positive after effects of doing that for you personally and professionally?" Levi: "I think it was the first of many moves toward me dispelling what I call the illusion of limitation. To think that opportunities become limited because of anything such as sexuality, age, race, etc, is to not have faith in the absolute support the universe has in our creative expression. It's like telling God that He is incapable! Its's like telling me that there is something wrong with me. I can't subscribe to any of this anymore. I believe nature even teaches us that all life supports itself, and that very support is ours to the degree we believe it to be. I believe that God is all-supportative, all-good and there is no opposition to that. To live in this space, own whom you are and step into life with this level of authority and faith is how I hoped to live ever since I released that first CD and came out." Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.