Lenny Kravitz ain’t finished even at age 50:
Lenny Kravitz has created his own signature style, borrowing from soul, rock, and pop. He formed his own sound that has empowered him to sell over 30 million records. Come the 26th day of May this year, he will celebrate his 50th birthday.
He broke out with a love song entitled “It ain’t over ’till it’s over’. That was back in 1991. He had a debut album called ‘Let Love Rule’ that tipped his hat toward the rock greats from the 70’s. It has already been out on the market for a couple of years. The critics mocked it because of its retro style. However, that special mix of soul, rock, and rhythm and blues (along with the psychadelia), really found a true following quickly.
Kravitz soon became a new brand name in the music industry, and one of his new songs ‘Mr. Cab Driver’ really caught on fast.
From a Commercial Extra to being a ‘Romeo Blue’
On May 26, 1964, a child named Lenny Kravitz was born. He had a father named ‘Sy’, a TV producer, who had Ukranian roots. His mother was Roxie Roker, an African-American actress. Those two were responsible for the formation of Lenny’s creative leanings. They took him to concerts regularly, that featured such greats as Jackson Brown, Duke Ellington, and the Jackson Five. All of these were his earliest role models. From there he went for the rock stars of the 60’s and 70’s, like Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Hendrix, the Who, and Pink Floyd. They all had a heavy influence on him, which is evident in it big hit ‘Fly Away’.
He was fortunate to have the opportunity for an early start. His show business debut was in a soap commercial. In this commercial he was pulling a wagon across some orange groves. At age 12, the family moved to Los Angeles. That’s where he taught himself how to play multiple instruments. It was there that he also joined up with the California Boy’s Choir. There was no doubt that music was his calling. When he got his first gigs he used the synonym ‘Romeo Blue’. He began sending out demos to all kinds of labels. His father would have been more pleased if he had chosen to go to college, but he was still very supportive of his musical ambitions.
Rumors saturated the media suggesting that he and Madonna had carried on an affair, and his wife could not handle it. Lisa Bonet separated from him, and he seized those intense emotions by putting them into the song ‘My Mama Said (always on the run). That song was tremendously successful.
It was in 1992 that he put out the album that won him numerous Grammy nominations. He also got the MTV award for the Best Video titled ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’. By now he was no stranger to the Grammys. He took home various trophies that reflected his hard work and dedication, including the cover version of ‘American Woman’ back in 2000.
Lenny Kravitz made some headlines for how he felt politically as well. In 2004, he was a staunch opposer of the Iraq war. He teamed up with an Iraqi singer named ‘Kadim al Sahir’, and recorded the a song titled ‘We Want Peace’. They made it available to everyone online for free. It was 4 years later that he sung Barack Obama’s new election campaign song entitled ‘Change’.
As of today, Lenny Kravitz is living in Paris. He is now branching out into the world of film, appearing in the blockbuster film ‘The Hunger Games’. The last time he was in the spotlight musically was in 2010, when he played instruments showcasing the Posthumous release of Michael Jackson ‘Michael’. On this one he performed a duet alongside Jackson entitled “I Can’t Make it Another Day’.
Again, on the 26th day of May, this iconic rocker will turn 50. We all want to say a great big ‘Happy Birthday Lenny’!