Grammy Award-winning rock musician Lenny Kravitz has released such albums as “Let Love Rule”, “Mama Said” and “Are You Gonna Go My Way”. He also starred in the films “Treasure” and “Hunger Games.”
Leonard Albert Kravitz, better known as Lenny Kravitz, was born on 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 a prejudiced attitude toward himself.
Kravitz grew up in a wealthy family. Sai Kravets was engaged in teleproduction, and Roxy Roucker played Helen Willis in the popular sitcom “Jefferson”. When the family moved to Hollywood for the role of Roxy, Lenny, who had a passion for music from childhood, went to the California boys’ choir.
Demonstrating his uncut talent playing on several musical instruments, Kravitz was accepted to a music program at the Beverly Hills High School. He finished it in 1982.
The beginning of a musical career
After graduation, Kravitz left home. He took himself the pseudonym of Romeo Blue, and began his journey, wanting to excel in the music industry. Despite the connections of his parents with different celebrities, Kravitz was determined to succeed with his own
The following year Kravitz moved to New York. There he meets actress Lisa Bonet, who at the time played the role of Denise Hukstable 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.
Back in New York, Lenny was lucky to meet with the sound engineer Henry Hirsch. It was exactly the opportunity that Lennie had been waiting for. By 1989, his debut album “Let Love Rule” was released on the Virgin Records label – just at that time the daughter of Kravitz and Lisa – Zoe was born.
Kravitz’s first album “Let Love Rule” was released in 1989 and ranked 61st on the US Billboard chart. And the title track took 89th place on the Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Kravitsa’s debut album, in which he embodied a mixture of electronic music and rock, was relatively successful, but did not gain wide popularity until he and Madonna became co-author of the song “Justify My Love” in 1990 year. While Kravitz was climbing to the top of his fame, his marriage with Bonet disintegrated.
Kravitsa’s second album, “Mama Said”, was released in 1991. The inspiration for the album was his painful parting, and he entered the Top 40 Billboard chart. And the song “It Is not Over Til It’s Over” became a hit and took second place in 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 clip for the title track of the album. Circus took 10th place on the Billboard chart. When the album was created, Five Kravitz began to play with digital technology. The experiment led to great success and he was awarded the Grammy Award in the category “Best Rock Performance”.
In 2000, Kravitz released a collection of the best hits. Two years later, he was invited to participate in one of Guns N ‘Roses songs. Next year he releases a new album “Lenny”. Kravitz protested against the US invasion of Iraq, releasing a song available only for download, entitled “We Want Peace” in 2003. In 2004, his album “Baptism” embodied his returned enthusiasm for creating music. The album “Baptism” was followed by the albums It is Time for a Love Revolution and Black and White America.
In 2009, Kravitz debuted as an actor in the movie “Treasure”, which was nominated for an Oscar. He also had a small role in the film “Hunger Games”. In recent years, he moved to a small island in the Bahamas, where he found peace and inspiration in his everyday life.
In 2013, Kravitz returned to the big screen in the movie “Butler” with director Lee Daniels, whose main roles were played by Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. He also wrote a soundtrack for this film. In the same year, Kravets played his part in the film “And the flame will break out,” the next part of the “Hunger Games” trilogy.
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