Leven Kali

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Leven Kali Simon-Seay
Born (1994-10-07) October 7, 1994 (age 28)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • producer
  • multi-instrumentalist
LabelsInterscope Records (2019–2021)

Leven Kali is a Dutch singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work on Beyoncé's Renaissance and Drake's More Life.[1]

Born into a family of musicians, Simon-Seay was conceived in the Netherlands while his father, bass guitarist Jerry "Wyzard" Seay, was on a European tour with his band Mother's Finest.[2] His family subsequently relocated to Santa Monica, California at the age of eight, where he would eventually join the music program at Crossroads High School, building a close-knit network of musicians and visual artists.[2] Upon graduation, Simon-Seay attended University of California, Riverside on a NCAA Division I golf scholarship before moving into music creation.[3][4] Simon-Seay, alongside Daniel Memmi and Solomon "Sol Was" Cole, friends he made through his Crossroads High School music program, joined forces as a production/songwriting team, subsequently co-creating Renaissance standout "Virgo's Groove".[5]


Studio albums

Songwriting and production credits[edit]

Credits are courtesy of Discogs, Tidal, Apple Music, and AllMusic.

Title Year Artist Album
"Another World" 2016 NCT 127 NCT 127
"They Never Know" Exo Ex'Act
"The 7th Sense" NCT U NCT 2018 Empathy
"Twenty Four" Exo For Life (EP)
"Starlight" (featuring Dean) Taeyeon Why
"Drip Drop Taemin Press It
"Do Not Disturb"[10] 2017 Drake More Life
"Time" Snoh Aalegra Feels
"Rookie" Red Velvet Rookie
"Let My Baby Stay (Cover)" [11] Amandla Stenberg Everything, Everything Film Soundtrack
"Heart Stop" (featuring Seulgi) Taemin Move
"Tempo" 2018 Exo Don't Mess Up My Tempo[12]
"Countess" Shinee The Story of Light
"HMU For A Good Time"[13] 2021 Tinashe 333 (Deluxe)
"Tragic" [14] Jazmine Sullivan Heaux Tales, Mo Tales: The Deluxe
"Alien Superstar" 2022 Beyoncé Renaissance
"Plastic Off the Sofa"
"Virgo's Groove"
"Summer Renaissance"[15]
"Shiesty" Kyle It's Not So Bad
"Hazel Theme" 2023 Skrillex Quest for Fire
"Still Here (With the Ones That I Came With)" (With Porter Robinson and Bibi Bourelly)

Guest appearances[edit]

List of guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other performer(s) Album
"Flex" [16] 2017 Playboi Carti Playboi Carti
"Wait On You" [17] 2021 Jay Worthy, Na-Kel Smith Two4Two

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Result Ref
2023 65th Annual Grammy Awards Album of the Year (Renaissance) Nominated [18]
Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album (Renaissance) A Won


A. A Winning producers in this category with less than a 50% album contribution are awarded with a Winner's Certificate.


  1. ^ "Leven Kali is Making Soul Music for a New Generation of Listeners". June 15, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Leven Kali's Guide to Life". Office Magazine. October 31, 2017.
  3. ^ "Leven Kali on His Colorful Career & 'Hi Tide' His Upcoming Project [Premiere + Interview]". Okayplayer. January 23, 2020. Retrieved December 1, 2022.
  4. ^ "Leven Kali Went from Master Golfer to Musician". April 30, 2020.
  5. ^ Garcia, Thania (August 17, 2022). "Fine-Tuning Beyoncé's "Virgo's Groove": How Three High-School Friends Ended Up Producing a Song on 'Renaissance'". Retrieved December 1, 2022.
  6. ^ "Leven Kali Delivers Dynamite Soul in Droves on His Debut Album 'Low Tide' | Album Review". Albumism. May 29, 2019.
  7. ^ "Leven Kali / An Absorption Of The Moon". www.flaunt.com.
  8. ^ "Leven Kali Went From Master Golfer to Musician". Teen Vogue. April 30, 2020.
  9. ^ Samuels, Keithan (October 28, 2022). "Leven Kali on New EP 'Let It Rain': Interview".
  10. ^ "Here Are The Full Credits For More Life". The FADER. Retrieved December 1, 2022.
  11. ^ "Amandla Stenberg Makes Their Music Video Debut".
  12. ^ "EXO's 'Love Shot' Album: The Producers & Songwriters Break Down Every Song". Billboard.
  13. ^ Folk, Antwane (March 3, 2022). "Tinashe Releases '333 (Deluxe)' Album". Retrieved December 1, 2022.
  15. ^ Lynch, Joe (July 29, 2022). "Beyonce's 'Renaissance' Songwriting Credits: Here's Who Wrote Each Song". Billboard. Retrieved December 1, 2022.
  16. ^ "Meet Leven Kali, the Singer Featured on Playboi Carti's Debut Mixtape - XXL".
  17. ^ "Wait On You by Jay Worthy".
  18. ^ "2023 GRAMMY Nominations: See the Complete Nominees List".