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Kaleidoscope (2008) - available on iTunes, rhapsody, etc

She calls this funk has gotten college radio airplay

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Don't mess with Christian Levis. Raised in Westchester, NY, Levis has been playing music since he was 7 years old. His classic rock and jazz influenced brand of funk is basically a perfectly balanced combination of all his biggest musical influences. From classic rockers like Yes and King Crimson, to modern singer-songwriters like John Mayer and Dave Matthews, Levis successfully blends these sounds with an endless array of jazz, soul, and funk influences.

Levis' debut album, Kaleidoscope, was written and produced in 2006. Working from his home studio in Scarsdale, NY all of the tracks were self-produced, and mastered at Sony Music Studios before it closed. The piano tracks for the record were recorded at the studios of SIRIUS Satelite Radio who liked the music so much that they let Levis use the space for free. After the album's completion, he launched Nouvelle Records to release it. The album can be heard at Borders book stores, and is on sale at many locations in the tri-state area. It's also available on iTunes and Rhapsody, as well as other online outlets.

The first song he ever wrote, "No Exceptions," was influenced by the King Crimson song, "Frame by Frame," and is featured on Kaleidoscope. it is a pretty tame break-up song for Levis, who claims to have written an "obnoxious rant" about an ex, and mailed it to her in Paris after she broke up with him to move there. That song will be on Levis' follow-up release, Ready or Not, which he says will have a much stronger jazz influence than Kaleidoscope. Christian's young, talented live band includes a violinist, adding even more diversity to his eclectic sound.

Christian keeps it real. One night at a show before playing "She Calls This Funk," Christian announced to the crowd that it was dedicated to his friend's girlfriend, and that she was "a complete bitch." He also confessed that the song was actually about her. "This song is about her being an abusive bitch all the time," says Christian in the video, as his friends and fans laugh ominously. A video of the song, which is now up on Nouvelle Records' website, made it's way onto her Facebook page shortly after the show. Drama ensues.

The 22 year old Levis graduated from NYU with degrees in Biology, English, and Marketing, but it doesn't look like any of those will be his chosen career path. As an extremely talented singer, songwriter, piano player, and producer with two albums and a record label under his belt, Levis is sure to have a long and successful musical career. Just remember to stay on his good side, because he just may call you a bitch at his next show.