Artist, Singer-Songwriter, Actor, Los Angeles, CA
Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.
Slim Khezri, better known by his stage name SLIM K (also Slim Kezree, or simply Kazree), is a German Multi-talented artist; an international Award winning singer-songwriter, writer, actor, stage performer, producer and a former professional Michael Jackson Impersonator, based in Los Angeles, California. Born July 18, 1972, in Lübeck Hansestadt, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, as the oldest of three children to a family of Mediterranean descent.
Bon vivant, Artistic Polymath, Free Thinker, Political Junkie, Bibliophile, Humanist and Philanthropist. Artist at Sony Music Entertainment, Double Power (Sony Music Entertainment GmbH) and Founder/CEO at Doubajen Group Ltd., and Doubajen Records (Independent music, and film company.)
Self-proclaimed Foodie, Wine Connoisseur and passionate World Traveler. Educationalist, loves Anthropology and History.
Nearly 3 decades in show-business, Slim first gained popularity as the #1 MJ-Impersonator for nearly 10 years. He has written, directed, produced, edited and starred in numerous films, TV productions, music videos and collaborated with countless producers, DJ's, popular recording artists and many independent talents from around the world. He also worked successfully on many musical and arts related projects, including fashion shows and charity events around the world, and teamed up with some of the biggest names in the industry: Justin Timberlake (☆NSYNC), Fall Out Boy, AJ McLean (Backstreet Boys), Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears, KRS-One, Sarah Connor, Mark Owen (Take That), Sean Kingston, KSHMR, Lifehouse, Haddaway, Army of Lovers, Worlds Apart, No Angels, Lutricia McNeal, Leee John (Imagination), Panic! At The Disco, Monica Patton, Captain Hollywood, Cover Your Tracks, Lil Dicky, Chris Brown, Akon, Dr. Alban, Michael Jackson and many more.
As an Actor, Slim has worked on films starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise, Ewan McGregor, Julia Roberts, Ben Affleck, John Turturro, Bencio Del Toro, Bradley Cooper, Jim Carey, Nicole Kidman, Tommy Lee Jones, Johnny Depp, John Lithgow, Mickey Rourke, Josh Brolin, Terrence Stamp, Harvey Keitel, James Franco, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Scarlett Johansson, J.K. Simmons and directed by Ron Howard, Clint Eastwood, Ridley Scott, Danny Boyle, Roland Emmerich, Colin Trevorrow, Ben Stiller, Gore Verbinski, Jerry Zucker, Seth MacFarlane, Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, Angela Basset, F. Gary Gray and many more.
In Theater, and performing arts, Slim worked in minor roles on stage at the Los Angeles Opera, e.g. with the legendary tenor Plácido Domingo, who is also the acting general director at LA Opera, on classic productions such as the Ludwig Van Beethoven opera "Fidelio" in 2007, playing a prisoner, produced by Alejandro Stadler, directed by Pier' Alli, conducted by James Conlon, and also on Giuseppe Verdi's "Otello" in 2008, playing a Sailor, and Venetian Senator, directed by John Cox, and also conducted by James Conlon.
"Who's Bad"; in the beginning of his career, Slim Khezri once hailed as one of the best and most successful Michael Jackson imitators in the business, not only does he dance like Jackson, but he sings like him too, the closest to the real thing than most of his rivals around the world at the time. Having performed Michael's songs in over 500 concerts in 70 countries. Slim performed nonstop from 1989 to 2000, on numerous shows in television and radio throughout the world, touring excessively in Europe, Asia and Africa, appearing on various events and open-air concerts on all 5 continents, including the United States, debuting in Las Vegas, and later in Los Angeles. Slim's huge success got also Michael Jackson's attention, Slim gave a tribute performance to the 'King of Pop' in Cologne, Germany in 1992, which lead in coming face-to-face with his idol for the first time during the Dangerous World tour, and 5 years later, dreams came true when Slim briefly worked with Michael himself during the German leg of the History World tour in Summer 1997, as an assistant to Creative Consultant Bruno "Pop N Taco" Falcon. What made Slim stood out above the rest of the MJ imitators, was his voice, the mimics, the facial expression and the electrifying precise dance moves. Slim always thought of himself in those days more of an actor rather than a 'singer', a true stage performer.
Slim made his stage debut on October 14, 1989 as a Michael Jackson impersonator at a Turkish Event, performing a 30 minute set, in front of 580 people, in Lübeck Hansestadt, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
Slim's first notable appearance in Television, was on Saturday, December 7, 1991, on the popular hit TV show "Die Rudi Carrell Show", where he appeared and competed as one of five guests, impersonating famous singers, and hosted by Dutch entertainer, and TV icon Rudi Carrell. Out of approximately 700 applicants per episode, Slim was invited back to audition at WDR Studios (West German Broadcasting Cologne). After 3 attempts, Slim secured his casting among the last 30 candidates, and 2 Michael Jackson contenders. Rudi Carrell himself, which thought by many to have discovered Slim Khezri, was very convinced, and firmly believed in Slims hidden talents, and made personally the phone call to confirm him for the show. Pre-taped on Saint Nicholas Day, Friday, December 6, 1991, Slim gave a stunning performance as Michael Jackson, singing LIVE the classic hit song "Billie Jean", captivating the audience with his dance moves and the iconic Moonwalk. The show was a huge hit, it drew the largest audience to date, at nearly 20 million viewers throughout Europe and beyond, Slim shot into fame overnight, and became a household name instantly. The show included a similar concept to "Star Search" or "Pop Idol" in America and brought many other well-known German pop stars and actors to prominence, such as Alexis (as Whitney Houston) or Mark Keller (as Dean Martin). It also featured comedy sketches, and a 'Make-a-Wish' segment.
On the big screen; Slim made his film debut, in a minor role, as an *extra, on November 10, 2000, playing a Demon in the Warner Bros. Pictures comedy "Little Nicky", starring Adam Sandler, Patricia Arquette and Harvey Keitel. Directed by Steven Brill.
In October 15, 2007, Slim launched the independent music, film and publishing company Doubajen Group Ltd. (including Doubajen Records).
In October 2009, Slim Khezri played a Zombie in the Web-series concept - "Code Z: The Series". Directed by 3T member Taj Jackson (son of Tito Jackson, nephew of Michael Jackson). Los Angeles, CA. USA.
In March 10, 2010, Slim signed a License Agreement with Sony Music Entertainment./ Double Power (Sony Music Entertainment GmbH) in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
In March 26, 2014, Slim signed a License Agreement with Viacom Media Networks, New York, a distribution deal for his music and music videos to air worldwide on MTV, VH-1, and also to be featured on MTV artists Website & App.
In August 8, 2014, Slim and his family were invited to visit the White House, during the Obama administration in Washington DC.
In June 22, 2015, American DJ, and EDM record producer KSHMR released his new single "Jammu", Slim co-stars in the music video, playing a Radical Militant Leader, directed by Tyler Yee. The song reached the number #1 spot within hours after it's release on the Progressive House Top 100 Charts, on Beatport.
In December 2016, Slim Khezri was named "Tunisian of the Month", by The Tunisian American Center, based in New York, NY
In January 2017, Slim Khezri joined the THIS IS HUNGER Initiative campaign by MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. A promotional ad program, and an incredibly powerful project, a first-of-its-kind exhibition. THIS IS HUNGER is a multi-media installation integrated into in an expanding 53' trailer to raise awareness about the pervasiveness of hunger and food insecurity across America, and around the world.
In April 2017, Slim Khezri worked with 'Top 360', a video and Virtual Reality production company based in Seattle, filming a beach cleanup video as part of Dell's 2017 social responsibility initiatives: "Dell's Ocean Plastic recycling program". Produced by James Andrews Directed by Erik Scheel. Filmed in Malibu, California.
In July 2017, Slim Khezri recorded some vocals (spoken words) for various apps and programs for I.am+ company, owned by Will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas. i.am+ is a Hollywood-based company founded by innovator and musician Will.i.am in 2013 with the mission of creating wearable products that combine fashion and technology. In 2016, i.am+ acquired Israeli machine learning company Sensiya.
In March 15, 2018, American comedy rapper Lil Dicky, released his new single "Freaky Friday", featuring guest vocals by singer Chris Brown. Slim does a few cameos in the music video, 4 to be exact. The music video parodies the 2003 film Freaky Friday and features also cameos from Jimmy Tatro, Ed Sheeran, DJ Khaled and Kendall Jenner. The song topped the charts in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, and peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 (Reached Number 1 spot on 'Hot R&B Billboard'). The song has also reached the 'Top 10 of the charts in Australia, Canada, Ireland and 'Top 20 in Canada, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland and Netherlands. As of May 16, 2018, the video had over 230 Million views, and 2.6 Million 'Likes on YouTube.
Throughout 2018, Slim Khezri worked on multiple blockbuster films in different roles on and off camera, such as Avengers: Infinity War, Solo: A Star Wars Story, City of Lies, Bumblebee, Mowgli, Ocean's 8 and many more.
Slim speaks 4 Languages: English, German, French, Arabic, and conversational Turkish.
Slim is married to the International Award-winning Pole Artist, and Stage Performer Phoenix Kazree. They have one son together.
THEATER/ VARIETY CREDITS:
Ich Glotz TV (Stage-play, 1989), Germany/
Ludwig Van Beethoven's Fidelio (Opera, 2007), USA/
Giuseppe Verdi's Otello (Opera, 2008), USA/
Horror Made Here (Warner Bros. Studios, 2017), USA
TELEVISION CREDITS: Die Rudi Carrell Show (1991), Germany/ The Gong Show (1992), Germany/ Arabella (1997), Germany/ Klacket (1998), Tunisia/ Unlocking Ancient Secrets of the Bible (2006), USA/ Entourage (2007), USA/ Goro's Bar (2007), Japan/ Gene Simmons: Family Jewels (2008), USA/ Nip/Tuck (2008), USA/ Mystery ER (2008), USA/ Kids Unlimited (2008), USA/ 1000 Ways to Die (2010), USA/ Whitney (2015), USA/ Mystery Diners (2015), USA/ Dangerous Games (2015), Armenia/ My Crazy Ex (2016), USA/ Superhuman (2016), USA/ The 10th Date (2017), USA/ Just Add Magic - Episode #2.21 (2017), USA/ Murder Made Me Famous (2017), USA/ Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland (2017), USA/ Escape at Dannemora (2018), USA/ Navy Seals: America's Secret Warriors (2018)
FILM CREDITS: 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),/ Sin City II: A Dame to Kill For (2014),/ American Sniper (2014),/ Jurassic World (2015),/ The Martian (2015),/ The Secret in Their Eyes (2015),/ Dark Gospels (2015),/ Steve Jobs (2015),/ 4Got10 (2015),/ Money Monster (2016),/ The Moment (2016),/ Hail, Caesar! (2016),/ Jason Bourne (2016),/ The Accountant (2016),/ Inferno (2016),/ Battle of the Sexes (2017),/ Suburbicon (2017),/ American Made (2017),/ Vengeance: A Love Story (2017),/ Angst (2017)/ The Masterpiece (2017)/ LAbyrinth (2017)/ Two Brothers (2017)/ The Circle (2017)/ Rogue Warfare (2017)/ Ocean's Eight (2018)/ Avengers: Infinity War (2018)/ Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)/ Bumblebee (2018)
Burn The Disco (EP, and Single), Doubajen Records 2008/
Campari Sunset House Club (Compilation), Sony Music 2010/
Open Up Your Heart (Single), Doubajen Records 2010/
You Love It (Single), Doubajen Records 2012/
Burn The Disco (VIP Underground Mix), Doubajen Records 2014/
October (Single), Doubajen Records 2014