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All Access Interview with Jonathan L., the 2015 WINNER 'INTERNATIONAL RADIO PERSONALITY'
- Worldwide Radio Summit, Los Angeles

All Access: What artists on your show do you feel that U.S. radio stations needs to discover?

Jonathan L.: “Wonderful singer Shirley Levi from Los Angeles. She should have a new album, her second, out this year produced by Val Garay.”


"Out Now!! The Vocalist Magazine (WINTER 2014) Featuring: THE RISING STAR - SHIRLEY LEVI" - The Vocalist Magazine

"Shirley Levi is a proactive indie sensation who's on the cusp of taking the world by storm!" - Nana O. Yeboah, The Vocalist Magazine

Our U.S Cover features an incredible vocalist from L.A. Shirley Levi. "She writes, sings and performs her own music in addition to owning her own record label, Re-Bel Visionary Music because, unlike so many artists waiting for their big break, Levi does not sit idly by waiting for opportunity" - A young lady who came from Iran with a mission to follow her calling in music. As you will find out reading her interview, she is an inspiration. SHE IS OUR RISING STAR. - Jennifer Meade, President & Co-Founder of The Vocalist Magazine

Read: Shirley Levi's Featured interview and on the cover of The Vocalist Magazine

"Shirley Levi / Luv is"
- FoxyLee, BandMark Music Industry SMM

“Shirley Levi is making me love my job today!...Shirley sounds like what Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane might have sounded if she too was an activist and poet....”

Read: The BandMark Review

“Interview with Shirley Levi: RAWking in a World of Change”
- Steve Byrd, Guitar Girl Magazine

"She was born in Iran, but it was a clash between her family’s religion and that country’s hard-line revolution which inspired them to emigrate to the United States. Shirley Levi is the kind of woman who has channeled the freedom her family sought into picking up a guitar and create a real, honest and punk-attitude-driven brand of music she simply likes to call “Shirley-RAWk." '

Read: The Guitar Girls Magazine interview

"How Shirley Levi is Changing LA's Indie Rock
- and Saving the World"
- by Magda Marcella/Yahoo! Voices

"Her lyrics speak from the heart, are at time humorous, always colorful, and - most importantly - are real. They come from her experiences; from her pain and joy, her fears and hopes, and the fabric of her soul." - Magda Marcella

Read: "How Shirley Levi is Changing LA's Indie Rock - and Saving the World" by Magda Marcella

"Rock Lives with Shirley Levi"
by Iris Strawfield in Yahoo! Voices

"Shirley Levi's recent live show in Hollywood electrified and stirred her audience in a way that's hard for even the most seasoned performer to do. She has a way of getting her audience to scream and shout in a way I haven't seen in a long long time. Again, I think that comes down to the fact that she is really deeply committed to her music, which is evident in her songwriting, performance and the unbridled enthusiasm in her voice. Every nuance of her set was completely expressive, passionate and utterly breath-taking to behold. She is an artist who makes her audience believe in the magic of music as she tears into her guitar with all the force of her spirit. She holds nothing back in her delivery. She's there to give you everything she has. And that's a lot. She's is the "Raging Bull of Rock", ready to fight with all of her might! You can tell she loves the way her guitar fits in her hands like a weapon that is ready to blast away at her deepest pains. She is a strong woman with a gentle soul."

Read the entire REVIEW "Rock Lives with Shirley Levi" by Iris Strawfield in Yahoo! Voices

Shirley RAWk: Shirley Levi's Music Can Save The World!
- by Magda Marcella, Miracle Mile Girls

"Her music is like punk rock with the classic influences of Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin." - Magda Marcella, Miracle Mile Girls

Read: Shirley Levi's Music Can Save The World by Magda Marcella, Miracle Mile Girls

Shirley Levi: Featured Rock Artist - Indie Artist Magazine

"Shirley is inspiring and the ideal role model for any aspiring new artist. I could go on all day about how amazing her music is and the raw talent that fills Shirley to her core but you should have listen your self's and see what all the buzz is about. 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."

Read: Indie Artist Magazine Featured Article

Shirley Levi: The LASF Magazine Interview

"Writer, composer, painter, Youtube sensation and self-made artist barely scratch the surface when describing Shirley Levi's work...What you do hope for is a performer who establishes a connection with the audience and slays them with talent. This is what Shirley Levi brings to the people...Through the struggles and the hardships, she has found a way to survive and outlast her competition because she is honest and refuses to fall in line." - Martin Santa Cruz Jr., LASF Magazine

Read: The LASF Magazine Interview

Shirley Levi Live Concert Review
- by Stratton J. Aivalikles

Last night, I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Shirley Levi perform at Bar Lubitsch for the first time. And, as far as first concerts go, this one did not disappoint in the least. Standing alone on stage, acoustic in hand under the red lights, Shirley met the crowd with a crocodile grin and a raise of the glass. She gave a few shout outs and thanks to the room casually and calmly. Then she took the somewhat mundane atmosphere of a Monday night bar and shattered it. Shirley jumpstarted the room with fierce chords and a commanding yet mellifluous voice as she sang; almost as if in reverential prayer, she put her heart and soul into every breath she took and every note she played. Through the entire set, Shirley Levi rocked out with a stage presence that puts Iggy Pop to shame: her brutally sincere lyrics managed to stir a whole gamut of emotions, both good and bad, seamlessly. One of the last songs in the set drew me back to a specific moment in time, then had me linger there before taking that next step forward. Her lyricism invoked Bob Dylan during his late electric period, but blended with the visceral emotion of Lou Reed. Then jolted by electroshock therapy. And one of the most incredible attributes of Shirley Levi's performance was her own enthusiasm: it's a rare sight these days to see a musician up on stage loving every minute of playing. There was something nostalgic about it, something that made me love being there even more. Shirley's performance had such impact on the audience that we took to our feet, hollering for more at the end, something she was kind enough to oblige. At the end of show, Shirley Levi gave me (and obviously my fellow patrons) more than just an energetic , prolific musical experience: she gave us catharsis.

While the first time seeing a musician is a special event... I eagerly anticipate Shirley's next show. She is one of those rare musical gifts that just gets better every time. Can't wait for the next go around.

Review of Shirley Levi's song/video for "Luv is Lonely"
- by Stratton J. Aivalikles

Let's face it: Wednesdays are pretty terrible. You're almost through the week, but really only halfway through. So do yourself a favor: check out Shirley Levi. Her music will make you forget about the monotony of the everyday, much like biting down on a power line. Shirley is a frenetic angel with a sinful swagger and beatific aura that both tranquilizes and terrorizes (as all great music does!).

WATCH: Shirley Levi's Music Video for "Luv is Lonely (Recorded Live) on SYQ Music Television

Review of Shirley Levi's song/video for "Luv is Lonely"
- by Nana Yeboah, Interviewer/Writer The Vocalist Magazine

Shirley Levi is kind of amazing and super kind on top of the crazy talent!!!

WATCH: Shirley Levi's Music Video for "Luv is Lonely (Recorded Live) on SYQ Music Television

Shirley Levi Review
- by DJ DREA

SHIRLEY RAWkS!!!!!!!!!!!! You inspire me so much my angel!! It was so great to see you live and you definitely entertained me and I really enjoyed your set. Your vocals, so beautiful yet raw & powerful remind me of a modern Patti Smith. Your personality and humor puts a huge smile on my face and your guitar playing is just as raw and edgy. I really like the variations, interesting transitions and obvious rhythm and soul you play with. Please let me know when you are playing again!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!

Shirley Levi at Bar Lubitsch Concert Review
- by Soundwell Magazine

Shirley Levi's RAWk show last night at Bar Lubitsch was the best damn performance I've seen in many long years!! This is coming from a guy who has managed two of the largest music venues in Hollywood and has seen over 5,000 local and national acts. I think the last female artist who did this to me was Juliette Lewis at The Knitting Factory about a decade ago! It is a rare thing these days to see a performer who really enjoys what they are doing and puts so much emotional, spiritual, ball-busting energy into ever single musical note that they play. It is also a rare thing to see a standing ovation and have the audience DEMAND an encore, which is exactly what happened last night. Her fans would literally not let her leave the stage. As she went to pack up her gear, the room erupted with a loud chant insisting that she continue, which she did, ending her night with her glorious song "Loyalty". A huge crowd pleaser. And a triumphant end to an amazing set. It was one of those moments when you can't believe that you are lucky enough to experience it and not just hear about it the next day. I want to thank Shirley Levi for having the courage to toss aside all the crap that keeps most performers locked up in a little cage. It was like someone unleashed a hurricane on the stage last night!!!! WOW!! We should just call her the raging bull of rock!! Shirley is like a Boxer getting into the ring and fighting for her life! You could feel her knocking the audience out with her music! And then, just when you think it's all about the wild, manic energy, Shirley whips out a song like "Survive", a gorgeous ballad which reels your heart into her exquisite voice. This girl can sing! Boy can this girl sing! Her voice went from RAW and attitude driven RAWk, to soft, luscious, tempting and dreamy in an instant. It was not like watching one performer, but more like getting the very best of six different artists ranging from the explosive to the quirky, the romantic to the feisty. It was just incredible to witness the range of styles and emotions that Shirley Levi puts into her musical landscape. One moment you think you're being caressed by Mazzy Star, the next moment Patti Smith is going all poetic on you.

Shirley Levi calls her blend of rock, folk, country, punk & world music "Shirley RAWk". The "RAW" part being the stripped down sound, the barebones emotion, the unpretentious, hard-hitting, fever of ROCK. This is music at its very very best - RAW, impassioned, enthusiastic & stirring! Shirley Levi is also one of the most charismatic people you'll ever meet. Her charm, grace, quick whit and generous spirit is amplified even more once she steps foot on stage. At one point she stopped playing and rallied the audience into a frenzy with a passionate battle cry about following your dreams saying, "If you forget about your dreams, they will forget about you!" To which there was an outcry of support from her fans. In fact, I've never heard so much screaming, and hooting and shouting from an audience! "Bad Ass!" was heard on many occasions while Shirley attacked her guitar like she was at war! The entire set felt like she was enlisting the audience to join her battle - Her battle for better music. And they willfully, joyfully followed as she lit up the room with her unbridled energy and glorious spirit. Shirley RAwk is a true celebration of the glory that is ROCK! Shirley RAWk is the new standard for Musical Artists to live up to...if they can. Shirley Levi was truly a miracle to watch! She reminded me of all of favorite artists - Patti Smith, Lou Reed, PJ Harvey, Mazzy Star, Neil Young and so many more!!! I doubt there is a female performer out there who can compare to what we all witnessed last night pouring out in giant waves from that stage!! I can't wait for the next Shirley RAWk experience!! If you are in the Los Angeles area you really need to make it out to see her next show. Your musical life depends on it! Trust me!

Shirley RAWk Shirley Levi on the Cover of The Voclaist Magazine

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