Lenny Kravitz

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Lenny Kravitz Biography

Born on May 26, 1964, in New York City, New Yok USA, to a Bahamian mother and father of Russian Jewish descent who was a TV producer, Lenny Kravitz moved to Los Angeles in 1977 where his mother had a part in TV series "The Jeffersons"; there he began teaching himself how to play bass, piano, drums and guitar largely inspired by the '60s figures like Jimi Hendrix.
In the mid-'80s, under the moniker Romeo Blue, he recorded a demo-album but failed to land a recording contract.

Kravitz married actress Lisa Bonet and relocated back to New York City where he recorded his debut album, "Let Love Rule"; the disc was issued in September of 1989 on Virgin Records, this time under his real name; the title-track crashed into The Modern Rock chart peaking at #5 and helped the album reach the #61 position on The Billboard Top 200; the second single, "I Build This Garden For Us", also hit the top 30 of The Modern Rock chart.

Two years later his sophomore effort, "Mama Said", entered the top 40 of The Billboard 200 and inched into the top 10 in the U.K. chart, spawnig the Funky-oriented single, "It Ain't Over Till It's Over", which peaked at #2 on The Billboard Hot 100; the follow-up single, "Always On The Run", debuted at #8 on The Modern Rock chart and "Stand By My Woman" became the album's second Hot 100 chart entry.

In March 1993, Kravitz released "Are You Gonna Go My Way" which climbed to the top spot on both the Canadian and British Pop chart and peaked at #12 in the States, it was certified platinum for shipments of one million copies and yielded a string of huge hits: the title-track soared to #1 on The Mainstream Rock chart and #2 on The Modern Rock Tracks; "Believe" peaked at #10 on The Modern Rock chart, "Is There Any Love In Your Heart?" hit #19 on the Billboard's Active Rock list and the final single, "Heaven Help", reached the #80 slot on The Billboard Hot 100.

A year later he scored one further Mainstream Rock top 20 hit with his rendition of Kiss' "Deuce", recorded with Stevie Wonder; the song was taken from the tribute album "Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved".

Kravitz followed his breakthrough effort with 1995's "Circus", this album cracked the top 10 of The Billboard 200 chart but generated only one hit single, "Rock And Roll Is Dead" which peaked at #4 on The Mainstream Rock chart and crested at the #10 spot on The Modern Rock Tracks; the second single, "Can't Get You Off My Mind", appeared at #62 on The Billboard Hot 100.

Three years later Lenny Kravitz returned with the superb "5", despite the album barely sneaked into the top 30 of The Billboard 200 chart, it achieved a three times platinum certification and spawned, first of all, "Fly Away" which furiously climbed to the top on both Mainstream and Modern Rock charts, eventually hit #1 on the U.K. Singles chart and finally won a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. The second single off the CD, "If You Can't Say No", was a moderate success.
At this point Virgin opted to reissue the album with two extra-tracks, one of which was taken from the 1999's soundtrack of the movie "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me", the cover of The Guess Who's "American Woman"; this single quickly catapulted into the top 3 of Billboard's Active Rock chart, peaked at #7 on The Modern Rock Tracks and won him a second Grammy. The fourth single, "I Belong To You" came out in early 2000 reaching #71 on The Billboard Hot 100 and peaking at #15 on the Adult Top 40 chart.

The singer ended the year with his "Greatest Hits" at #2 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, it included a new song: "Again", another smash single which rose to #4 on The Billboard Hot 100 and at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards won for Best Male Rock Performance.

The next year saw the release of Kravitz's sixth studio album, "Lenny", which snagged the #12 slot on The Billboard 200 chart; the record included the American top 40 hit single "Dig In" which also debuted at #11 on The Mainstream Rock chart and at #13 on The Modern Rock Tracks. In early 2002 Lenny Kravitz with this single took home his fourth consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. The second single, "Stillness Of Heart", found more success in the Canadian chart and even in Europe.

In May 2004, the four time Grammy Award winning artist released "Baptism", the record hit #14 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums list spawning the American Top 40 single "Lady" and the Mainstream Rock top 30 hit "Where Are We Runnin'?".

After a three years break Lenny Kravitz returned to recording studios and in February 2008 he released "It Is Time For A Love Revolution"; his eighth studio set went straight into the top 5 in over a dozen countries, including United States, Canada and Australia. The first single off the CD, "Bring It On", peaked at #25 on The Hot Mainstream Rock chart while "I'll Be Waiting" entered the bottom half of The Billboard Hot 100.

The iconic singer + songwriter's highly-anticipated next studio album, "Black And White America", came out in the summer of 2011 on Atlantic Records/Roadrunner Records. This is Kravitz's first album on the new label, following 8 previous albums and over 35 million units sold. It debuted at #18 on The Billboard 200, however, all the singles, "Come On Get It", "Stand" and "Push", failed to crack both sales and airplay charts.

 

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    Lenny Kravitz (2004)