In an age where singer/songwriters are a dime a dozen, few of these artists manage to have a unique point of view. However, since Doug Levitt has made the career switch from foreign correspondent for major news networks such as NBC and CNN to traveling musician, he has managed to captivate audiences with his journalistic approach to musical storytelling.
Levitt grew up as the son of D.C. Councilmember Carol Schwartz and attended the London School of Economics, earning his masters in Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict. From there, he managed to work for prestigious news networks, travelling to countries like Iran and Rwanada. His career as a foreign correspondent was enviable to many, but for Levitt, it felt inauthentic.
During a trip back to the United States, Levitt was particularly stricken by the rising poverty statistics as a result of a nationwide economic crisis. Having always felt a certain artistic sense since childhood, Levitt made the decision to abandon his career and engage in a form of activism that would allow him to express his creative side.
Levitt teamed up with Americana producer David Henry upon moving to Nashville to launch a singing and songwriting career. It was then that he launched The Greyhound Diaries, a politically-charged multimedia endeavor focusing on musical performance, storytelling and photography.
The name for the project comes from the 100,000 miles he has traveled on Greyhound buses. During these travels, Levitt has seen American poverty firsthand and uses these haunting experiences to fuel his creative process. His work is greatly inspired by WPA initiatives launched during The Great Depression that used art to expose the national economic crisis of the time.
Switching careers wasn’t easy for Levitt. For a while, he was broke and busking just to make a little money here and there. His efforts have paid off, however, as his work has been featured in several prestigious venues worldwide. Audiences connect with The Greyhound Diaries thanks to Levitt’s unique artistic voice.
Levitt was extremely vocal during this past presidential election, launching a tour to encourage Americans to vote. Currently, he is working on a memoir that chronicles his unique story.