Lenny Kravitz: Biography and music career

Published At: 09 March 2020 , 06:29 PM

Lenny Kravitz Biography

Grammy-winning rock musician Lenny Kravitz has released albums like Let Love Rule, Mama Said, and Are You Gonna Go My Way. He also starred in the films Treasure and The Hunger Games.

Childhood

Leonard Albert Kravitz, better known as Lenny Kravitz, was born May 26, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York. Kravitz is the only child in the family, a descendant of interracial marriage. His father, Sai Kravitz, is a Jew; mother, Roxy Rowker, who died of cancer in 1995, was African American. As a child of interracial marriage in the 1960s, he experienced intense pressure and prejudiced against himself.

Kravitz grew up in a wealthy family. Sai Kravets was involved in television production, and Roxy Rowker played Helena Willis in the popular sitcom Jeffersons. When the family moved to Hollywood for the role of Roxy, Lenny, who had a passion for music since childhood, went to the California boys choir.

Demonstrating his unlimited talent for playing several musical instruments, Kravitz was accepted to the music program at Beverly Hills High School. He graduated in 1982.

The beginning of a musical career

After graduation, Kravitz left home. He took the pseudonym Romeo Blue (English Romeo Blue), and began his journey, wanting to excel in the music industry. Despite his parents' connections with various celebrities, Kravitz was determined to succeed on his own. The first years of his musical career were not at all rosy. Kravitz lived in a car for which he paid $ 5 a day. In 1985, while Kravitz was trying to make a breakthrough in his career, he was very saddened by the news of the divorce of his parents.

Personal life

The following year, Kravitz moved to New York. There he meets actress Lisa Bonet, who at that time played the role of Denise Hookstable in the sitcom Cosby Show. Lenny and Lisa quickly fell in love with each other and soon began to live together. In November 1987, the couple fled to Vegas.

Returning to New York, Lenny was fortunate enough to meet with sound engineer Henry Hirsch. This was precisely the opportunity that Lenny had been waiting for. By 1989, his debut album "Let Love Rule" ("Let Love Rule") was released on Virgin Records - just at that time, the daughter of Kravitz and Lisa - Zoe - was born.

Musical success

Kravitz's first album, "Let Love Rule," was released in 1989 and took 61st place on the US Billboard. And the title track took 89th place on the Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Kravitz's debut album, in which he embodied a mixture of electronic music and rock, was relatively successful but did not achieve wide publicity until he and Madonna co-wrote the song "Justify My Love" in the 1990 year. While Kravitz climbed to the pinnacle of fame, his marriage to Bone fell apart.


Kravitz's second album, Mama Said, was released in 1991. The album was inspired by his painful breakup, and he entered the Top 40 of the Billboard chart. And the song "It Ain't Over Til It's Over" became a hit and took second place on the chart.

In 1993, Kravitz released the album "Are you Gonna Go My Way" and won his nomination for the MTV Video Music Award for the video for the title track of the album. Circus (1995) took 10th place on the Billboard chart. When creating the album Five (1998), Kravitz began to play with digital technology. The experiment led to great success, and he was awarded a Grammy Award in the category "Best Rock Performance."

In 2000, Kravitz released a collection of best hits. Two years later, he was invited to participate in one of Guns N' Roses songs. The following year he releases a new album, "Lenny." Kravitz protested the US invasion of Iraq by releasing a downloadable song entitled "We Want Peace" in 2003. In 2004, his album "Baptism" embodied his returning enthusiasm for making music. Baptism was followed by It is Time for a Love Revolution (2008) and Black and White America (2011).

In 2009, Kravitz made his debut as an actor in the movie "Treasure", which was nominated for an Academy Award. He also had a small role in the movie The Hunger Games (2012). In recent years, he moved to a small island in the Bahamas, where he found peace and inspiration in ordinary life.

In 2013, Kravitz returned to the big screen in The Butler, directed by Lee Daniels, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. He also wrote the soundtrack for this film. In the same year, Kravets played his part in the movie "Catching Fire," the next installment of the Hunger Games trilogy.

Quotes

"Anxiety makes people nervous. They cannot let me know what's the matter."

"Change is growth. For me, it was both a spiritual and musical rebirth."