Slim K — (born Slim Khezri; 18 July 1972, as the oldest of three children in Lübeck Hansestadt, Schleswig-Holstein) is a German multi-talented artist; best known as a singer, songwriter, writer and actor of Mediterranean descent, based in Los Angeles, California. Bon vivant, Artistic Polymath, Free Thinker, Humanist and Philanthropist. Artist at Sony Music Entertainment, and Founder/CEO at DoubaJen Records.
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 discovered and acknowledged early on his artistic abilities. 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, 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 true bon vivant and consider myself a World Citizen" he laughs, "I had a very rich upbringing you know. Not meaning money, just culturally speaking. Growing up between two different cultures, Europe and Africa, going through nine schools and having all of that at my disposal". The talented singer says the 1970s and 80s in particular helped shape his musical journey. "I grew up listening to the like of Abba, Kraftwerk, Chic, Japan, Roxy Music, Queen, Boney M and later in the 80s; Duran Duran, Kajagoogoo, Michael Jackson and many more. When I was living in Tunisia, my Uncles (I got 5 of them) introduced me to Motown, artists like The Temptations, The Commodores and Stevie Wonder, also Earth Wind and Fire, Kool & The Gang, James Brown, Miriam Makeba and to French chanson, for example Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour, Edith Piaf etc. When I got older as I matured, I discovered Classical, Opera, Jazz, Swing and other genres.." he said. "I was very fortunate to have that musical experience."
Encouraged by one of his junior high school-mates, 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 spent months rehearsing and gigging extensively. Touring and performing at local venues, regional clubs, small store events and singing competitions (mainly Germany). In the same two years, Slim joins as well, a short lived (electronic influenced) band project, called New Vision, as their lead singer with whom he recorded a few songs and performed a couple of shows. Only one single came to fruition, titled "Changing Times".
At age 19 (Saturday, December 7, 1991), Slim makes his TV debut, performing a rendition of Michael Jackson's classic "Billie Jean" on the German hit show "Rudi Carrell Show" (which scored 23 million viewers). The show had a similar concept to American shows like "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 10 years, sharing the stage with major acts of the time such as Take That, DJ Bobo, Worlds Apart, Backstreet Boys, 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 " Very few could.. I know I can, I understood the challenge, I was able to recreate the whole concept on stage", he notes "I actually 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 his (Michael Jackson) passion and felt the confidence to play this character.. I knew that role well enough, I rehearsed it every single day for hours I remember, and at the end.. the role of Michael Jackson fitted me like a perfect glove, I was able to perform with power, emotion and depth, 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 and concerts!". 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, and performs at a Special Event with legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld.
In 1993- and 1994, Slim tours Germany, Austria, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark,and Finland.
Summer 1995, Slim travels to Izmir (Turkey)
In winter 1995, Slim makes his United States debut, performs in multiple clubs and events in Las Vegas (Nevada) meets with legendary magicians Siegfried & Roy at The Mirage Hotel and Casino, attends a Barry Manilow concert, visits Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon (Arizona).
In October 1996, Slim gets invited to tour Sri Lanka and Mumbai (India), but cancels at the very last-minute due to contractual issues.
October 2, 1996, Slim attends the Michael Jackson "HIStory" concert in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
In February 1997, Slim performs a two-hour benefit Concert in Harburg, Germany, for the Tunisian "Solidarity Fund 2626 (FSN)", to fight hunger and poverty, with the support of the Tunisian Consulate and attendance of the Ambassador. The concert airs simultaneously live on Tunisia's state radio.
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.
In October 1998, Slim travels to Los Angeles and San Francisco (California).
Slim celebrates Christmas -New Years 1999 in Los Angeles (California)
In 1999, Slim performs at the German Bowl Tailgate Party (German equivalent of US Super Bowl) at Eintracht-Stadion (capacity 25,000) in Braunschweig, Germany. (*This marks Slim's final Michael Jackson show)
As the years went on, Slim K kept on writing original music 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, film productions, commercials, music videos, video games and theater on both sides of the Atlantic.
April 2000, Slim returns to Germany
In May and June 2000, Slim travels to Tunisia (Africa)
August 28, 2000, Slim attends Duran Duran "The Pop Trash" concert at House of Blues, West Hollywood, (California)
Between Winter 2000 and Summer 2002, Slim spent time in the studio, collaborating and recording with different music producers in the United States (Hollywood, CA), and Germany (Cologne & Hamburg) on new music material.
Summer 2002, Slim performs for the first time with original songs in a series of Open Air radio events for NDR and R.SH in Germany (alongside artists Lutricia McNeal, No Angels and others.) and travels to Tunisia (Africa)
Mid- August, Slim 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)
April, 2003, Slim attends "Varekai" show by Cirque du Soleil in Chicago (Illinois)
2004, Slim spends a year in San Francisco (California)
2005, Slim spends some time in Seattle (Washington), Phoenix (Arizona), travels to Germany and returns to Chicago (Illinois)
May 2005, Slim K performs at "Show Talk" (benefit event) in Maritim ClubHotel in Timmendorfer Strand (Germany)
Summer 2005, Slim plays John The Baptist in the Televison special; 'Unlocking Ancient Secrets of the Bible', narrated by Roger Moore, and directed by Michael Bouson.
In 2006, Slim produces videos for the Swiss based Vernissage TV., documentaries about opening events on art exhibitions in Los Angeles, California.
March 2006, Slim works on a video game launch commercial 'HHGL: Hip-Hop Gaming League' with rapper Snoop Dogg.
On May 6/7, 2006; Slim K works on a short movie titled "The Sexaholic", written and directed by William Goodson. Shot in color and b&w on widescreen HD video on various locations in Los Angeles. *This marks Slim's first Leading role on screen.
Summer 2006, Slim performs a line of club shows in Hollywood (California)
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".
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/
In October 2007, Slim launches the independent record and publishing company DoubaJen Records. https://www.facebook.com/DoubaJenRecords
On May 27, 2008, Slim releases the single "Burn The Disco", which includes remixes by international producers: Sinan Mercenk (Turkey), Thorsten Adam (Germany), Klaus Jordan Olsen (Norway), Marcel Agterhuis (Netherlands) and Mhe Hseeri (USA), the song was met with an overwhelming worldwide success.
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 travels to Sacramento (California) and 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 -New Years 2010 in San Antonio (Texas)
February 2010, Slim travels to Hartford (Connecticut) and New York City (New York)
In March 2010, Slim signs a licensing agreement deal with Sony Music Entertainment.
Spring 2010, Slim travels to Boston (Massachusetts), Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), New York City (New York), Palm Springs (California) and Madison (Wisconsin)
In May 2010, Sony Music Entertainment releases "Campari-Sunset House Club" [2 CD] compilation, which features Slim K 's 'Burn The Disco (Move & Dance) - Sinan Mercenk's Eat This Remix' in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Between June and August 2010, Slim travels to 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)
Slim celebrates Christmas and New Years 2011 in Norfolk and Virginia Beach (Virginia) and travels to Durham & Greensboro (North Carolina).
March 2011, Slim travels to 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.
Summer 2011, Slim travels to Dayton (Ohio), Ottawa and Montreal, in Canada.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - Slim attends Duran Duran "All You Need Is Now" concert at the Nokia in Los Angeles downtown (California).
November 2011, Slim spends Thanksgiving Day with his family in Denver (Colorado)
Slim celebrates Christmas -New Years 2012 in Baltimore (Maryland) and travels to Bethesda (Maryland), Fredericksburg (Virginia), New York City (New York), Washington DC, Minneapolis & Saint Paul (Minnesota)
January 1, 2012, Slim attends "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" musical on Broadway in New York City (New York)
On February 23, 2012 - Slim K joins Justin Timberlake, Sean Penn, Jamie Foxx and other major 'A list' celebrities on '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.
On April 18, 2012 - Slim K joins Sophie Marceau, Juliette Binoche, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Catherine Deneuve in France’s “Vague Blanche”(white wave) campaign, to protest the violence in Syria and the Bashar Assad regime against injustice and inhumanity.
After a year-and-a-half hiatus, and spending time with the family (traveling crisscross the United States and Canada), Slim gets back to music and releases on May 8, 2012, the 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, and territories, it was very well received by critics, fans and friends around the world, exceeding expectations, surpassing both previous releases in numbers and video views combined. It's been the most successful project to date.
24 June, 2012 - Slim K and wife (Pole Arts Award Winner Phoenix Kazree), 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.)
Between June and August 2012, Slim travels to Greenville, Greer and Simpsonville (in South Carolina), St. Louis (Missouri), New Orleans (Louisiana), Houston and Galveston (Texas)
On October 02, 2012 - Slim K joins “The Big Push”, featuring Arianna Huffington, Bono (U2), Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Bill Gates , Charlize Theron, Chelsea Clinton, Shaquille O’Neal, Pete Cashmore, Jimmy Wales, General Ban Ki-Moon and Others In Fight Against HIV, Tuberculosis, Malaria.
November 7, 2012, Slim attends "IRIS" show by Cirque du Soleil at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood (California)
Slim celebrates Christmas 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 travels to 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". A story inspired by the assassination of Hrant Dink in January 2007 in Istanbul, Turkey.
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'.
May 14, 2013, "The Speed Of Love" song is released on SoundCloud.
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 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.
Summer 2013, Slim travels to Phoenix (Arizona), Tulsa (Oklahoma), St. Louis (Missouri), Cleveland (Ohio)
September 5, 2013, One of the most prominent French weekly news-magazines, called “Le Nouvel Observateur”; often known as ‘Le Nouvel Obs’, based in Paris (France) has chosen one of Slim K's stock-photos (Photographed by Grove Pashley) to be featured in one of their articles.
In March 26, 2014, Slim signs a licensing agreement deal with Viacom Media Networks (New York) for Burn The Disco, Open Up Your Heart, You Love It, and The Speed of Love (audio and music videos) to air worldwide on MTV, MTV artists, VH-1. - Follow the Link http://www.mtv.com/artists/slim-k/
In April 21, 2014, A worldwide fan and club favorite for many years, and as a response to public demand, Doubajen Records re-releases Slim K’s “Burn The Disco (Move & Dance) [VIP Underground Mix]”, off of the original 2008 classic release “Burn The Disco (Move & Dance) EP”, as a special 'Single' worldwide (USA, UK, Europe and Japan)
April 23, 2014, a newly produced music video for 'Burn the Disco (Move & Dance) [Vip Underground Mix]' premieres on You Tube and Dailymotion.