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No Fit like Levi's

Magazine article Out

No Fit like Levi's

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What happens when a Christian musician's queer side hits below the Bible Belt?

"Lord God!" exclaims singer-songwriter and sometime-actor Levi Kreis. The earthy, handsome 32-year-old from Oliver Springs, Tenn., is not in the throes of a fiery sermon; he's describing just how sexy Matthew McConaughey-his costar in the 2001 film Frailty-was in person.

Kreis, whose hook-driven, genre-bending new album, The Gospel According to Levi, is out at the end of this month, wasn't always so forthcoming about his lust for hunky Texans. His folks groomed him for a career in a conservative Baptist denomination. "By the time I was 12," he recalls, "I was singing and preaching at a different church every weekend."

Afraid his burgeoning same-sex attraction would thwart his ministerial aspirations, a 15-year-old Kreis checked into "reparative therapy" at Exodus International. He later scored a scholarship to Belmont University in Nashville-and a lucrative record deal with a Christian label. …

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