Levi Stephens at Times Square
Type: Music & Concerts
Showtime @ 8:00PM
Doors Open @ 7:00PM
General Admission Seating
First come, first seated
This show will take place in Lucille's Bar & Grill,
located inside B.B. King Blues Club
Discovering Levi Stephens's music is like enjoying a surprisingly great meal at the local cafe you've passed a thousand times before finally deciding to stop in. You thought you knew what you were getting into, but this is something more. It's refreshing - a pleasant surprise that a new artist in an industry plagued by dying creativity chooses to follow in the tradition of those classic singer-songwriters that came before. Stephens's affinity for singing can be attributed to growing up in the area of Washington, D.C., in a home he remembers being filled with music. Like many artists, his musical roots began in church. Outside of the church, young Stephens was exposed to artists like Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, and Donny Hathaway. In addition to those soul legends, The Beatles, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Jimi Hendrix, and Prince all made their mark on Stephens's musical style and led him to the guitar, which was the final piece he needed to create his sound.
Stephens's ability to incorporate multiple influences into his music can also be attributed to his role as a producer. Along with his two partners at Kollective Music, he's written and produced songs on 702's 2003 album Star ("Places" and "Certified"), Raheem DeVaughn's 2005 album The Love Experience ("Believe"), and the Fat Albert movie soundtrack ("Join the Gang"). With each song he writes, Stephens's goal is timelessness. "I feel like that kind of music will always have a place and staying power" he says. His songs explore a variety of relevant subjects while including the elements that always stand the test of time: musicianship, strong lyrics, and shared experiences. This line of thought is even reflected in the cover songs that he chooses to perform.
Stephens's debut album, This Way (2010), goes far beyond the confines of R&B and seamlessly melds a variety of genres, from soul and rock to gospel and folk, while always remaining honest, clever, and conversational. In the true spirit of an indie artist, Stephens is already planning his next move. "In five years, I want to have two to three albums done and be writing and producing for other artists. Then I want to work for Disney!" A place that is synonymous with excitement, lasting memories, and happiness would be a fitting home for an artist who evokes all of those emotions with his music. Until then, Levi Stephens is taking listeners to his own carefully-crafted "happy place" by tackling love, life, and everything in between with his always relatable and intelligent spin.