From working with former child soldiers in Uganda, to his role as Assistant Music Director with Melbourne Street Choir Inc. and the School of Hard Knocks, Levi McGrath is committed to music and social justice – and he wants to motivate and inspire a new generation of people to stand up and make a difference. Levi began his professional music career in 2007 with the release of his debut album Move, which saw two singles reach the Top 20 on the TRAA Christian Radio Airplay Chart. In 2009 Levi spent 6 months living in Uganda working with former child soldiers, this led to his critically acclaimed album Children of War – rich in passion for social change and heart-rending stories of suffering, hope and dignity.
Following a top spot at the Australian National Folk Festival in 2011, Levi won second prize in the Indie International Songwriting Contest, competing with hundreds of international songwriters, with two of his songs from Children of War making the top 5 in the Folk Category.
Levi has featured beside artists such as Building 429 and Darlene Zchech, has shared his music alongside World Vision CEO, Tim Costello, and renown US author/speaker Tony Campolo. He has toured Canada supporting former NEWSBOYS frontman, Peter Furler, and in February 2015 completed an Australian national tour supporting US Rock bands THIRD DAY and NEEDTOBREATHE.
Levi launched his third studio album COME HOME in March last year. Continuing with his powerful mix of musical storytelling and passion for social change, Levi has bought an exciting new sound to COME HOME “I wanted to create a fun, up-beat record that people could tap their feet to and be inspired by at the same time", says Levi. The lead single DON'T LOSE YOUR HEART made the TCM Top 30 Christian Radio Chart after 2 weeks airplay and hit No.7 on the Australian Hot 25 Countdown. His second single RAY OF LIGHT hit both Charts after only 1 week and his most recently released single, BEYOND THE HORIZON, made the TCM Chart in the first week of release. Levi completed a 12 month National COME HOME TOUR, and also took that Tour to the UK and Germany. Levi regularly tours Australia and New Zealand and will be returning to Europe to tour later this year.
The future is exciting – as an Independent Singer/Songwriter, Associate Artist for World Vision and Assistant Musical Director of choirs for the disadvantaged and marginalised, there is much work to be done and music to be made, to help turn the tide of poverty, apathy and human suffering. On tour, at schools, conferences, festivals and in interviews, Levi continues to reach out with his message of positive social action.