Shirley Levi is a self-taught American Singer/Songwriter/Producer & Activist. Her guitar-driven style and heartfelt, soulful vocals and melodies are an artfully blend of Rock, Country, Folk, Pop and Blues that she calls Shirley RAWk and have earned her endorsements from Gibson Guitars and Marshall Amps. Shirley has come a long way from her days in the San Diego musical underground to open for musical legends Neil Young, The Dixie Chicks, Ryan Adams, Spoon, Ben Harper & Sheryl Crow. Although Shirley writes and produces her own music, she has had the honor of working on one track with legendary hitmaker Val Garay whom has garnered over 100 Gold & Platinum Records (Elton John, Dolly Parton, Kim Carnes, Linda Rodstadt, James Taylor, Seals & Croft, Ringo Star) and whose albums have sold over 125,000,00 copies worldwide. Shirley has been called an ‘Artist to look out for’ by tastemakers KCRW and her music has also been featured around the world on other influential stations such as Indie 103.1 (Los Angeles), KingFM (Berlin), Mersey Radio (UK), Radio Andra (Sweden), WROM (USA), KWSS-FM (USA) and many others. Accolades have poured in from music journals and blogs around the world comparing her haunting vocals to musical legends such as Pasty Cline, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed & Patti Smith. In addition to being a self-sufficient artist who writes and produces her own music, Shirley Levi is also an outspoken activist and uses her music to advocate for change. Shirley Levi is a rebel with a cause. Her lyrics reflect her undying commitment to making change in the world and are filled with timeless messages of unity, compassion and determination. Elements of her vocals often sound like a powerful punk rock prayer. Although Shirley is an American artist and her primary language is English, she also proudly celebrates all races and hopes to unite all people by infusing Hebrew, Farsi & Spanish into her music and live sets.
Some notable live performances include Neil Young’s 29th Annual Bridge School Benefit, Avalon Hollywood several times (more than 2,500 people), House of Blues Main Stage (several times), Headlining The Viper Room, Hemingways, Bar Lubitsch, Pearl, The Temple Bar, Knitting Factory (opening for Jill Sobule & solo shows), Opium Den, Cinespace, Florentine Gardens, The Motorcity Music Conference (Detroit), Luna Park, Ultra Suede, Falcon Lounge, Les Deux, Eleven Nightclub, Crazy Girls and many other venues.
"Unlike so many artists waiting for their big break, Levi does not sit idly by waiting for opportunity. She is an inspiration. SHE IS OUR RISING STAR." - Jennifer Meade, President & Co-Founder of The Vocalist Magazine
"Her epic journey as she followed her hearts path is the stuff of legend." - Kristen Lowman, Music & Moxie, The Examiner
"Shirley Levi is a proactive indie sensation who's on the cusp of taking the world by storm!" - Nana O. Yeboah, The Vocalist Magazine
"I listened and it got me right away!" - Syndicated Legendary Radio DJ & Winner of 2015 "International Radio Personality, Jonathan L
"I have no doubt that if you are not a fan of Shirley's yet you will be after you have a chance to become familiar with who she is and what she stands for." - Kriss Stewart, Indie Artist Magazine
"Her lyrics speak from the heart, are at time humorous, always colorful, and - most importantly - are real. Her music is like punk rock with the classic influences of Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin." ”
- How Shirley Levi is Changing LA's Indie Rock - and Saving the World - Magda Marcella, Miracle Mile Girls / Yahoo! Voices