Lenny Kravitz, born on May 26, 1964, is an award-winning, independent funk musician, who uses different styles of music in his songs. He has also had cameos in Hollywood movies and was part of a big movie franchise. Kravitz has won the Grammy Award four times and has been nominated for it six times. Let’s celebrate this famed musician’s birthday, right here.
Lenny Albert Kravitz
May 26, 1964
Lenny Albert Kravitz has ruled the funk music industry for a long time. Not only is he a singer and an actor, but he is also a songwriter, record artist, and multi-instrumentalist. Born on May 26, 1964, in New York City, Kravitz is a Gemini and his ethnicity is African-American, Bahamian, and Jewish. His parents were Roxie Roker and Green Beret Sy Kravitz. At the age of five, Kravitz decided that he would become a musician. He began playing the drums and guitar and grew up listening to music that his parents loved, namely R&B, jazz, classical, opera, gospel, and blues.
After relocating to Los Angeles with his parents, Kravitz joined a choir at the age of 10. He was in it for three years, performed a classical repertoire, and sang with the Metropolitan Opera. He was introduced to rock music when he was in junior high school. Kravitz said that he was “attracted to the cool style, the girls, the rock’n’roll lifestyle”. While in high school, he taught himself to play the piano. Kravitz was met with a lot of resistance when he wanted to release his first album. He decided to record it on his own under the name Romeo Blue, with the help of recording engineer Henry Hirsch. With the help of his friend, Stephen Smith, Kravitz got a record deal with Virgin Records in 1989. His first album, “Let Love Rule” came out in the same year. Many songs from it were a combination of rock and funk, with a 1960s vibe.
The album received mixed reviews, and Kravitz’s wife, Lisa Bonet, directed the video for the title track ‘Let Love Rule’. The singer went on to produce and co-write the song ‘Justify My Love’ for fellow artist Madonna. It was a number one hit. Kravitz’s second album, “Mama Said” (1991), reached the Top 40 list of hit albums for the year. One of the songs ‘It Ain’t Over ‘til It’s Over’ was number two on the Billboard top 100 songs. He wrote a song for the rock band Aerosmith, and appeared on Mick Jagger’s solo album “Wandering Spirit”.
Kravitz played the guitar for David Bowie’s album title track ‘Buddha of Suburbia’. With his fifth album “5” (1998), Kravitz used digital technology in his work for the first time. The album gained a bigger audience because of his hit song ‘Fly Away,’ which also won the singer his first Grammy Award in 1999 in the category ‘Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.’ Kravitz went on to win three more awards in the same category in the next three years. He released his latest album in 2018, titled “Raise Vibration.”
Kravitz made his acting debut in “Precious” (2009). He also was part of the “Hunger Games” franchise in 2012 and 2013, playing the role of Chinna. The singer also enjoys photography and once released his gallery of pictures. He established Kravitz Design in 2003, for commercial, residential, and product design. Kravitz was married to Lisa Bonet for six years, and they had a daughter, actress Zoë Kravitz. The singer was in a relationship with singer and model Vanessa Paradis for four years. He dated model Adriana Lima for a brief period, and also was engaged to actress Nicole Kidman for a year.
The album “Let Love Rule” is released and opens to mixed reviews from critics.
The album “Mama Said” reaches the ‘Top 40 Albums of the Year’ list.
His song ‘Fly Away’ gains him a bigger audience and helps him win his first Grammy Award in the category ‘Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.’
The business, called Kravitz Design, focuses on commercial, residential, and product design and development.
The film, “Precious,” is based on a novel of the same name.
Why We Love Lenny Kravitz
He loves his work
Kravitz is doing what he loves the most: making music. He has never once regretted choosing this career. We can see it in his songs and the number of times he has won the Grammys and other awards!
He doesn’t care about any negative reviews
Kravitz has had his fair share of bad reviews about his music. The musician, however, hasn’t allowed it to bring him down. He learned from his mistakes and made better songs, eventually becoming the best at what he does.
He is very creative and open to trying new things
Kravitz’s songs have been inspired by many things in his life. Many songs from his second album were fueled by his separation from Lisa Bonet. He also used new technology, like Protocols, when recording his fifth album, “5”.
5 Surprising Facts
The first song he wrote
It was called ‘I Love You, Baby’, and he wrote it at the age of seven, two years after deciding he wanted to be a musician.
Kravitz was named after his uncle
His uncle, Leonard M. Kravitz, was a martyr of the Korean War and gave his life so that his fellow soldiers could be safe.
He owns a farm
Kravitz has an organic farm located in Brazil — it’s four hours outside Rio de Janeiro.
His part-time job was fishy
His job was to cut fish, take out their guts, and fry them.
His mother was an actress too
Kravitz’s mother, Roxie Roker, played the main role in the hit show “The Jeffersons.”
Lenny Kravitz FAQs
Is Lenny Kravitz vegan?
Yes. Kravitz follows a strict vegan and raw diet. He has attributed his good health to this diet.
Are Lenny Kravitz and Jason Momoa friends?
Yes. Kravitz and Momoa are close friends and support each other like family.
Is Lenny Kravitz mixed?
Yes. His father, Sy Kravitz, was Jewish, while his mother, Roxie Roker, was of African-American descent.
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