Slim K — (*born Slim Khezri, 18 July 1972, as the oldest of three children in Lübeck Hansestadt, Schleswig-Holstein) is a German entertainer; a singer, songwriter, writer and actor of North African descent, based in Los Angeles, California. Bon vivant, Artistic polymath, Humanist and Philanthropist.
Slim was the first born to Mohamed Laziz Khezri (Tunisian, Hotelier, immigrated to Switzerland and later to Germany, in 1969) and Dalila (Tunisian, born Khemiri), followed by two further sisters. He began singing and dancing at the age of 10, His mother acknowledged early on and supported his artistic talent. His father introduced him to the golden age of cinema and film. Slim was raised in a multi cultural environment, he grew up in Timmendorfer Strand and Lübeck, Germany. He spent six years, from the age of 10 to 16 in Tunis and Jendouba, Tunisia.
Slim had a very "rich" upbringing; as he often describes himself: 'I'm an open minded individual and very European in nature, of Tunisian origins.. I think like an American and I was born in Germany, what more can you ask for? Yes, I am very fortunate, a bon vivant and consider myself World Citizen' he laughs, 'I had a very rich upbringing you know. Not meaning money, just culturally. Growing up between two different cultures, between Europe and Africa, going through nine schools and having all of that at my disposal'. The talented singer says the 70s and 80s in particular helped shape his musical journey. 'I grew up listening to the likes of Abba, Kraftwerk, Chic, Roxy Music, Queen, Boney M and later Duran Duran, Kajagoogoo, Michael Jackson and many more. When I was living in Tunisia, my Uncles introduced me to Motown, artists like The Temptations, The Commodores and Stevie Wonder, also to Earth Wind and Fire, Kool & The Gang, James Brown, Miriam Makeba and to French chanson, like Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour, Edith Piaf etc. Later as I matured and got older, I got into classical, jazz, opera, swing and other genres' he said. 'was very fortunate to have that experience'.
Encouraged by his schoolmate, Selim Gökduman, a fellow musician and Turkish saz player, Slim made his stage debut on 14 October, 1989 at a Turkish Event, in front of an audience of 580 in Lübeck Hansestadt, Germany.
In 1990 and 1991, Slim spends the months touring and performing at local venues, regional clubs, events and singing competitions. /*mainly in Germany.
At age 19, Slim makes his TV debut, performing a rendition of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" on the German hit show "Rudi Carrell Show" (which had 17 million viewers that night). The show had a similar concept to "Star Search" or "Pop Idol", Slim reaches second place in the contest and becomes "highlight of the year", which brought him instant fame and a lot of media attention throughout Europe. He eventually received offers for sponsorships and record deals from every major record label and went on touring worldwide for the next ten years, sharing the stage with major acts of the time such as Take That, DJ Bobo, Worlds Apart, Army of Lovers, Haddaway, Captain Hollywood, Dr Alban, Sidney Youngblood, Tic Tac Toe, Mark Owen and many more.
'Everybody can do a Michael Jackson move, but how many dance like Michael and sing "Live" like Michael?' he said 'I can, I understood the challenge, I was able to recreate the whole concept on stage', he notes 'I never thought or felt that I looked much like Michael though, I was never a Michael doppelgaenger in my view you see, I'm very much a singer but I considered myself an actor in those days, I saw myself more of a stage character, a performer, who knew the essence and felt the confidence to play this character Michael Jackson.. I knew that role well enough, I rehearsed it every single day for hours I remember, the role of Michael Jackson fitted me like a perfect glove, I was able to perform with passion, emotion and power Michael could, and still close as possible though in my humble opinion .. just close as possible, cause NO one can ever reach these exact heights and the unique magic of a Michael Jackson but Michael himself, trust me I witnessed Michael from the side or back of the stage on many occasions!'. Slim had established himself as a household name with his portrayal as the 'King of Pop', virtually overnight and gained the recognition of fans worldwide and even from Michael's father Joe Jackson.
In December 1991, Slim attends Deutscher Fernsehpreis (German Television Award, formerly known as 'Telestar'), equivalent to the US. Emmy Awards. - in Cologne, Germany
August 8, 1992, Slim attends the Michael Jackson "Dangerous" concert in Bremen (Germany)
August 10, 1992, Slim attends the Michael Jackson "Dangerous" concert in Hamburg (Germany)
In late Summer 1992, Slim becomes one of the main show attractions at the amusement park 'Phantasialand' in Brühl (near Cologne), North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, performing there for three months, 7 days a week as part of a full-blown Las Vegas style impersonation production, featuring the 'Rudi Carrell Show' greatest contestants.
October 1992, Slim meets with Michael Jackson for the first time (who at the time was on tour with Dangerous) in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
In 1993/ 1994, Slim tours Germany, Austria, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark,and Finland.
Summer 1995, Slim visits Izmir (Turkey)
In winter 1995, Slim makes his United States debut, performs in multiple clubs and events in Las Vegas (Nevada) meets with legendary entertainers and magicians Siegfried & Roy at the MGM Grand Hotel, attends a Barry Manilow concert, visits Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon (Arizona).
In February 1996, Slim gives a two-hour benefit Concert for his native Tunisia, with the support and attendance of the Tunisian Ambassador in Hamburg, Germany. The concert airs simultaneously live on Tunisia's state radio.
In October 1996, Slim gets invited to tour Sri Lanka and Mumbai (India), but cancels at the very last-minute due to safety reasons.
October 2, 1996, Slim attends the Michael Jackson "HIStory" concert in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
In Summer 1997, Slim meets once again with Michael Jackson, travels and works briefly with him on the European leg of the History tour as an Assistant to Creative Consultant Bruno Falcon aka "Pop N Taco" .
Slim spends Summer 1998 in Tunisia (Africa)
In 1998, the Tunisian TV show 'Klacket', dedicates a one hour special on Slim, it features an in-depth look into his career and an interview followed by a live performance.
Slim celebrates Christmas and New Years 1999 in Los Angeles (California)
As the years went on, Slim K kept on writing new musical material, attended a few acting schools and continued learning from the business. In 2000, Slim added yet another side of his talent to his resume: "Actor", when he worked on the comedy "Little Nicky", playing a Demon (uncredited, extra), starring Adam Sandler. Since then, he has appeared in numerous TV and film productions, commercials, music videos, video games and theater on both sides of the Atlantic.
In May and June 2000, Slim visits Tunisia (Africa)
Winter 2000 and Spring 2001, Slim spends time in the studio, collaborating with different music producers in Hollywood (California) on new music material.
Summer 2002, Slim performs for the first time with original songs in a series of radio Open Air radio events for NDR and R.SH in Germany (alongside Lutricia McNeal, No Angels and others..) and travels to Tunisia (Africa)
mid-August, he attends the Annual Popkomm (international trade show for the music and entertainment business) in Cologne (Germany).
2003, Slim visits New York City (New York) and spends a year in Chicago (Illinois).
2005, Slim spends some time in Seattle (Washington), Phoenix (Arizona), visits Germany and returns to Chicago (Illinois)
Summer 2005, Slim plays John The Baptist in 'Unlocking Ancient Secrets of the Bible', narrated by Roger Moore.
In 2006, Slim produces videos about opening events on art exhibitions in Los Angeles, for the Swiss based Vernissage TV. http://ow.ly/ndusV
March 2006, Slim works on a video game commercial HHGL: Hip-Hop Gaming League with Snoop Dogg.
Summer 2007, Slim reprises his role one more time as Michael Jackson imitator on the Japanese TV show 'Goro's Bar', and works on Britney Spears comeback music video "Gimme More".
In October 2007, Slim launches the independent record and publishing company DoubaJen Records. https://www.facebook.com/DoubaJenRecords
Slim works at the Los Angeles Opera, on Ludwig Van Beethoven's only opera "Fidelio" in September of 2007, and on Giuseppe Verdi's "Otello" in April 2008, under the general direction of legendary tenor Plácido Domingo. http://www.laopera.com/
On May 27, 2008, Slim releases the single "Burn The Disco", which includes remixes by international artists such as Sinan Mercenk (Turkey), Thorsten Adam (Germany), Marcel Agterhuis (Netherlands) and Mhe Hseeri (USA), the song was met with an overwhelming success worldwide.
In Summer 2008; Slim works on the DaVinci Code prequel movie "Angeles & Demons", Directed by Ron Howard, produced by Brian Grazer and starring Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård and Armin Mueller-Stahl.
In September 2008 he works with the band Fall Out Boy on their music video "I Don't Care", and with Panic at the Disco! music video "Northern Downtown Pour".
January 2009, Slim K plays a trader on the adventure fantasy film, 'Abelar: Tales of an Ancient Empire', directed by Albert Pyun.
Summer 2009, Slim visits Sacramento (California) & Calgary, Canada
In December 2009, Slim works on 'Code Z : The Zombie Series', directed by Taj Jackson (3T member and Michael Jackson nephew).
Slim celebrates Christmas and New Years 2010 in San Antonio (Texas)
February 2010, Slim visits Hartford (Connecticut) & New York City (New York)
In March 2010, Slim signs a licensing agreement deal with Sony Music.
Spring 2010, Slim visits Boston (Massachusetts), Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), New York City (New York), Palm Springs (California) and Madison (Wisconsin)
In May 2010, Sony Music releases "Campari-Sunset House Club" [2 CD] compilation, featuring Slim K 's 'Burn The Disco (Move & Dance) - Sinan Mercenk's Eat This Remix' in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. http://ow.ly/ng3oH
Between June and August 2010, Slim visits Costa Mesa (California), Portland (Oregon), Seattle (Washington) and Vancouver, Canada
In October 2010, Slim releases the ballad "Open Up Your Heart", which receives some notable success in South America, Asia and the Middle East.
November 2010, Slim spends Thanksgiving Day with his family in Chicago (Illinois)
March 2011, Slim visits Las Vegas (Nevada)
On April 01, 2011 - Slim K dedicates a special version of his song "Open Up Your Heart" to Japan, by joining Starbucks to raise money and help, after the historic earthquake of March 11, 2011. http://ow.ly/ndzCm
Summer 2011, Slim travels to Dayton (Ohio), Ottawa and Montreal, in Canada.
November 2011, Slim spends Thanksgiving Day with his family in Denver (Colorado)
Slim celebrates Christmas 2011 & New Years 2012 in Baltimore (Maryland) - and visits Bethesda (Maryland), Fredericksburg (Virginia), New York City (New York), Washington DC, Minneapolis & Saint Paul (Minnesota)
On February 23, 2012 - Slim K joins 'Real Men Don’t Buy Girls Campaign' (DNA – The Demi and Ashton Foundation). DNA Foundation launched a campaign targeting men with the message that Real Men Don’t Buy Girls. The goal of the campaign was to create a cultural shift around the implicit societal acceptance of child prostitution, and thus, child sex slavery. http://ow.ly/ndp0e
On April 18, 2012 - Slim K joins celebrities and intellectuals in France’s “Vague Blanche”(white wave) campaign, to protest the violence in Syria and the Bashar Assad regime against humanity. http://ow.ly/ndpxA
After a year-and-a-half hiatus, spending time with the family and traveling across the United States and Canada, Slim K releases on May 8, 2012, his retro and catchy pop single "You Love It", as a digital download with iTunes and on June 22, as a physical CD on Amazon.
The video for “You Love It” has its World Premiere on You Tube, Vimeo and Facebook on on May 13, 2012.
“You Love It” is the first Slim K single to reach new heights, territories and new countries, it was very well received by fans and friends around the world and ended up selling a very nice amount, it has exceeded expectations, surpassing both previous single releases in numbers and video views combined. It's been the best received project thus far and is all over the internet.
24 June, 2012 - Slim K and wife Pole Arts Award Winner Phoenix Kazree, were invited to attend the 3 day International Pole Convention LA 2012 http://poleconvention.com/ at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott (with visitors from 20+ countries from around the world.) ~ FB Photos http://ow.ly/e3hN3
Between June and August 2012, Slim visits Greenville, Greer & Simpsonville (in South Carolina), St. Louis (Missouri), New Orleans (Louisiana), Houston & Galveston (Texas)
Slim celebrates Christmas 2012 in Santa Clarita (California) & New Years 2013 in San Francisco (California)
On 07 January, 2013 - Slim K attends a charity event at The Den in San Francisco. “A Night of Talent and Tribute to a Timeless Generation”. A Benefit event to help the homeless youth alliance of San Francisco. Show theme 1920s entertainment. Featuring a special performance by his wife Phoenix Kazree and other amazing talents (such as Jelani Remy and Ivana Bentley).
March 2013, Slim visits Palm Springs, Indio, and Corona del Mar in Newport Beach (California)
On April 22, 2013 - "Article 301" (short film) is released on You Tube for the first time. Starring Slim Khezri as the Turkish nationalist Zeki Abaz who targets a Turkish-Armenian Journalist Kegham Hakobian (David Light), after giving a speech at UCLA on Armenian Genocide of 1915. Zeki confronts Kegham for Violating the Notorious law "Article 301".
May 8, 2013 - DoubaJen Records announces the follow-up single to Slim K’s 2012 release 'You Love It' on May 14, 2013, a (non commercial) promo single titled, 'The Speed of Love'.
On May 25th, DoubaJen Records announce a special rerelease of Slim’s “Burn The Disco (move & dance)” for the 5th anniversary of the single’s release. Record Store Day is on June 24, 2013.
June 01, 2013 - Slim K gives a Virtual Interview with LipServiceInk.com's Thais Mills | WATCH IT HERE http://ow.ly/nds6G AND "The Speed of Love" Music Video premieres on You Tube, produced by Slim Khezri + Additional scenes by photographer Alexander Tikhomirov.
Slim K goes on STRIKE with Bono (U2), Sir Richard Branson, Jessica Biel, Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde.. joining Matt Damon‘s ‘Toilet Strike’ in the name of water for all on June 03, 2013. Join Water.org in the mission to solve the water crisis, and support Matt Damon’s strike by telling all of your friends. http://ow.ly/ndsw2
Summer 2013, Slim visits Phoenix (Arizona), Tulsa (Oklahoma), St. Louis (Missouri), Cleveland (Ohio)
Film highlights include: Save the Last Dance (2001), Rat Race (2001), When The Nines Roll Over (2005), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), The Sexaholic (2007), In God I Trust (2007), Article 301 (2008), Confused Illusion (2007), The Haunted House of Chronic (2009), Yes Man (2008), Angels & Demons (2009).
TV highlights: Unlocking Ancient Secrets of the Bible (2006), Entourage (2007), Gene Simmons: Family Jewels (2008), Nip/Tuck (2008), Mystery ER (2008), Kids Unlimited, 1000 Ways to Die (2009)
Theater: Ich Glotz TV (1989), Ludwig Van Beethoven: Fidelio (2007), Giuseppe Verdi: Otello (2008)
Between the 1990 and 2000, Slim has worked and collaborated with many accomplished popular music producers, dj's, recording artists and many independents. He worked on a great variety of music and art related projects including fashion and benefit events, most notably with Nsync, Fall Out Boy, The Backstreet Boys, Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears, KRS-One, Sarah Connor, Lifehouse, Panic! At The Disco, Michael Jackson and many more.
*Visit link for full detailed resume http://resumes.actorsaccess.com/slimkhezri
Slim is married to Phoenix Kazree, (American, classically trained dancer, competitive award winning pole artist and Broadway performer), they have one son together, Tarek Laziz Khezri (born 9 March 2001, Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, California).
Slim resides primarily in Los Angeles, California. He moved in 1998 to venture into new projects and help further his creativity and career.
Slim is a superb cook and also fluent in German, Arabic, English, French and conversational in Turkish. He is highly enthusiastic. He gets excited easily over a new idea or opportunity. His nature is unconventional. He's is a bit of a gambler, taking risks whenever he thinks the rewards are worth it. He loves change, new experiences, meeting new people, adventure and travel. He loves the exotic, far away places. Variety is more than mere spice of life - He thrives on it. He is also extremely flexible and adaptable. He has more curiosity than the proverbial cat. Slim has a sharp mind, a great sense of humor and a natural ability with words. He is a born communicator, clear, fluent, and imaginative in every area that interests him - which are many! Change - the only constant in life - does not threaten him, as it does other people.
He is also very socially oriented and rarely, if ever, dull or boring. Slim is, of course, drawn to those people who, like himself, are original an free thinkers and have exciting personalities. He enjoys being involved in several projects at the same time. He needs continual stimulation by the new and fascinating, and tends to discard boring pastimes quickly. He is highly enthusiastic. A bit of an adventurer, always on the hunt for something exciting, fresh and new.
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