Lenny Kravitz (Leonard Albert Kravitz) was born in New York City. The future musician was born to a producer of TV channel «NBC TV News» Jew Shimura Kravitz, who some time ago had emigrated from Ukraine). Mother Lenny - Roxy Rouker was an actress from Brooklyn. She is known for her role as Helen Willis in the comedy television series "Jefferson." Leonard boy was named after his uncle, who died in the 51st year of the Korean War. In Russian, the name of the star is often written as the Leni Kravets.
YOUTH of Lenny Kravitz
Early Years Lenny, held in Manhattan. The boy grew up in the rich cultural atmosphere of this area of New York. As a child, he became acquainted with many famous jazz musicians. Sam Kravitz recalled how little was sitting on the lap of Duke Ellington, while the legendary composer played the piano. In 1974, he and his parents moved to Los Angeles. There he enrolled in the California Boys Choir, which was recorded under the direction of conductor Zubin Mehta. In his youth Kravitz was fond of music, learned to play keyboards, guitar and bass guitar, and drums.
Musical career of Lenny Kravitz
Having a musical career back in high school, 16-year-old Kravitz left the parental home. Soon he began to spread his demos under the name Romeo Blue. Aspiring musician signed his first contract with Ah-Ap-Es Records, which soon broke for the conclusion in 1989 of the new - with Virgin Records. On this label musician recorded more than two decades under his own name, without an alias. Soon came his first album, "Let Love reigns» (Let Love Rule). Disco accompanied loud success, declared a musician as a media celebrity. Each track Kravitz reveals itself only a talented vocalist and instrumentalist. Title song from the disc has reached single-coil in the US charts only the 89th position. But touring and TV appearance Lenny helped increase his popularity, not only in the US but also in Europe. The big breakthrough in the world of show business for Kravitz was working with Madonna. In particular, he co-wrote the song "Justify My Love» (Justify My Love), which became the single "number one" in the charts. In 1991, in connection with the threatening conflict between the United States and Iraq (Gulf War), Kravitz recorded a cover of John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance", in company with Yoko Ono Lennon and Shonnom other musicians. The song climbed to 54th place charts. Shortly thereafter, Lenny Kravitz appeared in the charts with another single «It Is Not Over Til It's Over», which became the forerunner of the second studio album of the musician «Mama said». This album was certified platinum. Buying success and popularity as a performer in 1992, Kravitz decided to engage in producing. She participated in the release of the first album of the singer and actress Vanessa Paradis. Also next year, he was engaged in preparing for the release of the single «Use me» Miki Jagger. Lenny - co-author of one of the songs for the band «Aerosmith», «Line Up».
Album «Are You Gonna Go My Way», released in 1993, went double platinum. The next release Lenny, held in 1995, the year, «Circus», soon reached gold record status. The album came out a few singles: «Rock And Roll Is Dead» and «Can not Get You Off My Mind», and the reaction itself is criticism on the plate was not as straightforward as the previous album, the band. In December 1995, Lenny Karavica survived the sudden death of his mother. But a tour of 40 US cities, scheduled for the summer of 1996 still held. The tour took place before recording a new studio album. In 1998 there was a new studio album Lenny Kravitz - "5", soon became platinum. The single «Fly» climbed the charts to 12 positions itself as a singer was awarded the "Grammy" for best rock performance for men. In 2001 came the sixth album "Lenny". The song «Dig In» from this CD entered the top-40 best songs, the musician received a drive another "Grammy" in the category "best rock singer." In 2003, Lenny Kravitz started his own record label "Roxy Rouker", named in honor of his mother. Continuing to fulfill the terms of his native "Virgin Records", in 2004, Lenny still publishes his own label on the disc «Baptism». It was a joint project with rapper Jay-Z.
In the year 2008 Lenny Kravitz presents his eighth studio recording - the disc «It the IS Time For A Love Revolution». Reviewers have called the album "the best disc ever issued by Lenny Kravitz." June 16 within the framework of the European tour, Lenny Kravitz visited the homeland of his father and grandfather - the city of Kiev, playing a two-hour concert in the capital of Ukraine. The musician admitted the people of Kiev, had long dreamed of visiting the homeland of their ancestors. In 2011, on a new label for a musician «Roadrunner Records / Atlantic Records», came ninth solo album titled «Black and White America».
Lenny Kravitz - film actor
In 2009, Lenny Kravitz was tried himself as a film actor, playing the role of a nurse in the film of John "Treasure" director Lee Daniels.
In 2012, the musician continues to film career playing antiutopian blockbuster "The Hunger Games" role of Cinna, the stylist of the protagonist. Now the actor starred in the continuation of "The Hunger Games."
Kravitz began banging on pots and pans in the kitchen, playing them as drums at the age of three. At the age of five, he wanted to be a musician. He began playing the drums and soon added guitar. Kravitz grew up listening to the music his parents listened to: R&B, jazz, classical, opera, gospel, and blues. "My parents were very supportive of the fact that I loved music early on, and they took me to a lot of shows," Kravitz said. Around the age of seven, he saw The Jackson 5 perform at Madison Square Garden, which became his favorite group. His father, who was also a jazz promoter, was friends with Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Short, Miles Davis and other jazz greats. Ellington even played "Happy Birthday" for him one year when he was about 5. He was exposed to the soul music of Motown, Stax, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight, The Isley Brothers, and Gamble and Huff growing up who were key influences on his musical style. Kravitz often went to see New York theater, where his mother worked. His mother encouraged his dreams of pursuing music.