Lenny Kravitz

2014 Lenny Kravitz

Born in New York in 1965, Lenny Kravitz was born to two parents in show business. His mother was an actress on the television show 'The Jeffersons' and his father was a television news producer for NBC. Kravitz's childhood years were spent in Los Angeles and the Bahamas where he learned to play guitar, bass, organ, and drums. While in LA, Kravitz honed his singing skills as a member of the famous California Boys Choir. After graduating high school in 1982, his father, Sy Kravitz, funded his first venture into the music business.

After the traumatic divorce of his parents in 1985, Kravitz moved to New York where he met Henry Hirsch who helped him with his debut album, Let Love Rule. The album was released by Virgin Records in 1989. The mix of rock and soul intrigued audiences and the album placed moderately on charts in the U.S. and in Great Britain. In the early 90's Kravitz co-wrote the lyrics and produced Madonna's Justify My Love video. In 1991 Kravitz struck it big on his own with his album Mama Said. Its single, 'It Ain't Over Till It's Over', hit #2 on the US charts and #11 in the UK. The Mama Said video won the MTV Video Award for Best Male Video.

Kravitz tried his hand at producing in 1992 when he produced an album for Vanessa Paradis. In 1993 Kravitz wrote 'Line Up' for Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. He also worked with Mick Jagger to record a new version of 'Use Me'. Kravitz has also worked with Craig Ross. He brings the tradition of jam bands into his recording, as is evident with his work with Ross. He finally got back to his own music in 1994 with the release of Spinning Around Over You and soon after released Circus, which included emotional songs about his mother's battle with cancer. His next album, 5, went double platinum and included the hit single "Fly Away." Kravitz won the Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for the single.

In 1999 ticket sales for his European tour skyrocketed. His success was aided by the appearance of his Guess Who cover of the song 'American Woman' in the film Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Kravitz won a Grammy again in 2001 for the song 'Again' on the Greatest Hits album. Also in '99, the video for 'Are You Gonna Go My Way' made the MTV list for the 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made. Kravitz's fame continued to grow into the new millennium. In 2000 he was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Male Artist. Kravitz brought activism into his music in 2003 when he wrote 'We Want Peace' in protest to the United States' war with Iraq. Kravitz was nominated for the Best Male Rock Vocal Performance again in 2004. Kravitz has toured throughout his career to very satisfied audiences appearing with a variety of other music stars from Blues Traveler to Pink to Aerosmith.


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