Lenny Kravitz is a hugely successful singer, songwriter, performer, and producer. His recording career started in 1989 with the release of Let Love Rule. Kravitz released his tenth studio album, Black and White America, in 2011. Kravitz has been inspired by a plethora of musical genres and can play several instruments including the guitar, drums, and piano. Generally, Kravitz performs all, or most, of his own music when he’s in the recording studio. He’s sold millions of albums all over the world and has won countless music awards. From 1999 to 2002, he won four consecutive Grammy Awards for “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.” Throughout his career, fans have clamored for Lenny Kravitz tickets to see his elaborate and memorable live shows.
Kravitz was born in 1964 to actress Roxie Roker and television news producer and jazz promoter Sy Kravitz. He began playing music at a very early age and soon found himself up-close and personal with several genres of music. Through his dad, Lenny met greats like Duke Ellington and Miles Davis and through his mother he was introduced to Broadway musicals. After Roker earned the role of Helen Willis on the sitcom The Jeffersons, and the family moved to Los Angeles, Kravitz was introduced to rock and roll. In fact, Kravtiz went to the same high school as former Guns ‘N’ Roses guitar player, Slash.
Kravitz had difficulties landing a recording contract because executives felt his music wasn’t “black enough” or “white enough”—whatever that means. The labels changed their tunes after Kravitz convinced music industry insider Stephen Elvis Smith to manage his career. That was 1988. By January of 1989, Kravitz had signed a recording contract.
Since Kravitz was influenced by such a plethora of genres, and was inspired by the recording techniques from the sixties, his music has a definite “retro” sound. This style generally splits the audience—you either love his “flower power” vibe or you don’t. Regardless of which camp you fall into, Kravitz’s tremendous skill as a musician and songwriter are undeniable. Kravitiz veered away from his patented throwback sound in 1998 with the release of 5. For this album, Kravitz used digital technology for the first time.
Having been born into a show business family, and once being married to actress Lisa Bonnet, it should come as no surprise that Kravitz has the contacts necessary to play with industry’s biggest names. He has worked on the albums of such legends as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Steven Tyler, and Jay-Z. His music has also been featured on soundtracks to the films Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Bad Boys II, and Reality Bites.