Lenny Kravitz Biography
Leonard Albert Kravitz (May 26, 1964) was born in New York, New York, United States. American singer-songwriter, actor and music producer, considered one of the most prominent artists of the American music scene. Kravitz has excelled throughout his career for his compositions and way of performing, as well as his instrumental and rhythmic versatility, mixing styles such as blues, soul, funk, rock, pop, and reggae, among others. In the course of his successful career, he has collaborated with prominent artists such as Slash, Madonna, Alicia Keys, and the rock band Aerosmith, among others. Among his greatest hits are Mr. Cab driver, It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over, Are You Gonna Go My Way and Thinking of You.
He was born into a family dedicated to the world of performing arts and television, his mother was the renowned actress Roxie Roker and his father was the television producer Sy Kravitz. From an early age he was interested in music, an aspiration that was supported by the family, began playing the drums. In the 1970s the family moved to Los Angeles, due to their mother’s job, who began the recordings of The Jeffersons series, subsequently appeared in the popular Roots series. Upon settling in Los Angeles Lenny continued training as an artist, was a member of the California Boys Choir, in which he excelled for his vocal technique. For this same period of time he learned to play the guitar and bass, subsequently attended Beverly Hills High School, and learned to play the piano.
After years of training, he tried to make himself known artistically by the artistic name of Romeo Blue. However, he had little success. He later moved to New York where he married Lisa Bonet, actress of The Show De Bill Cosby, with the help of this met Henry Hirsch, sound engineer, who became one of the key figures in the career of singer, along with this he took his first steps as a professional singer.
The professional career of the prominent singer began in the late 1980s, at which time he released his first album, titled Let Love Rule (1989), a record released under the Virgin Records label; This includes the hits Mr. Cab Driver, Let Love Rule, My Precious Love and Sittin ’on Top of the World. In the album, Kravitz mixes styles such as rock, funk, soul, and psychedelic, influenced by the music of The Beatles and Prince. In the 1990s, he rose to fame collaborating with Madona in the composition of Justify My Love, a song that quickly positioned itself at number 1 on the top of Billboard. The following year his relationship with Lisa Bonet faced hard moments that led to these separating shortly thereafter.
That same year Kravitz published Mama Said (1991), an album that had the collaboration of the former guitarist of the band Guns N ‘Roses, Slash, which performed the guitar on the songs Always on the Run and Fields of Joy. This album conveyed Kravitz’s feelings for his wife, was even dedicated to her. It included the hits It Ain’t Over ‘Till It’s Over, Stand by My Woman, Flowers for Zoë and All I Ever Wanted, a song composed with the collaboration of Sean Lennon. After the breakup of the couple, Lenny had various romantic relationships with celebrities such as actress Nicole Kidman, model Kate Moss, and Barbara Fialho, among others.
In 1992, he collaborated in the composition and production of the homonymous LP of Vanessa Paradis, in which the themes Sunday Mornings and Be My Baby stand out. The following year, Are You Gonna Go My Way (1993) was released, an album inspired by the sounds of the 70s such as psychedelic rock, soul, funk and reggae. In this, Kravitz stood out for his interpretation of the guitar and the songs Are You Gonna Go My Way Believe, Is There Any Love In Your Heart and Come On and Love Me. That same year he collaborated with Mick Jagger on the cover of the song Use Me by Bill Withers, which was included in Jagger’s Wandering Spirit album. Two years later, he released Circus (1995), one of the bleakest albums of his career, in which he delved into his mother’s cancer and themes related to his spiritual growth; this included Rock And Roll is Dead, Circus and Can’t Get You Off Of My Mind, among others.
At the end of the 90s, he published 5 (1998) album in which he renews styles, leaving aside his retro style so criticized in recent years. In this the successful Fly Away theme is included, one of the most prominent themes of his career. Two years later he released Greatest Hits (2000), an album that included the single Again, followed by Lenny (2001), an album in which ballads A Million Miles Away and Yesterday Is Gone stand out; a short time later he collaborated and produced the album Goddess In The Doorway (2001) by Mick Jagger. Three years later, Baptism (2004) came out, whose single was Where Are We running.
In 2008 he released It Is Time for a Love Revolution, an album that included the hits I’ll Be Waiting and Bring It On. Three years later he released Black And White America, then Strut (2014), an album that includes the songs New York City and The Chamber. In 2018 he published Raise Vibration, an album whose single is It’s Enough. Currently, the singer is carrying out the presentations of the 2019 Raise Vibration Tour.