Dr. Ian Levy: Down

Written by Justin Austin


In category: Song of the Day

Published November 20, 2019

Dr. Ian Levy is a college professor and hip hop emcee. He has received many awards and accolades in recognition for his work with school therapy and counseling through hip hop. Dr. Levy is someone I look up to and admire but he’s also become one of my closest friends. At the beginning of Ian’s musical journey, we met and collaborated on many projects. Here was a young man full of music and joy. A young man who was obsessed with jazz. A young man whose mother was an opera singer. A young man that knew he wanted to use his gifts to help the world. That young man reminded me so much of myself and I knew that I needed to keep people like him around. A decade later, I consider him a brother. I had the honor of attending his wedding recently and it was a dream come true to see him as happy as he was that day. He has found a supportive, loving, kind, funny, beautiful, patient, and super smart partner in his wife, Joanna. This life is complicated and I couldn’t be happier for them that they have each other through it all. The song “Down” is by Dr. Levy and is a tribute to his new wife and their future together. 

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Praised in Opera News as “a gentle actor and elegant musician” baritone Justin Austin will appear with the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Theater, Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, and the Bayerische Staatsopera during the 2019-20 season.  Justin is a NYFOS Emerging Artist program alum, and will return on the Mainstage with NYFOS in Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do: Songs of Gay Harlem this December.


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