Lenny Kravitz
Born:
26 May 1964
Country:
US
Genres:
Pop/Rock
Releases:
119
Biography: There may have been other "retro" rock acts before him, but Lenny Kravitz was one of the first to not be pigeonholed to a single style as he touched upon such genres as soul, funk, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, folk, and ballads over the years. Born in New York on May 26, 1964 (his mother was actress Roxie Roker, best-known for her role as Helen Willis on the popular TV series The Jeffersons, and his father was a TV producer), Kravitz was raised in Los Angeles, where he found himself around countless musical giants as a youngster due to his parents friendships with the likes of Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Short, and Miles Davis. Kravitz was a member of the California Boys Choir until his teenage years, when he decided to pursue rock & roll while in high school and under the heavily influence of funk rocker Prince. Kravitz's admiration of the Purple One was so great that he at first patterned his style and approach directly after Prince and became known as "Romeo Blue" (complete with blue contact lenses), but failed to land a recording contract. In the late '80s, Kravitz relocated back to New York City, where one of his roommates turned out to be actress Lisa Bonet (who played the part of Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show); they eventually got married. During this time, Kravitz wisely discarded his Prince-like approach and looked back to such '60s/'70s classic rockers as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Bob Marley, and the Beatles for inspiration. Kravitz found a kindred spirit in engineer Henry Hirsch (who would stick by Kravitz throughout his career). With a back-to-basics approach, his style was quite refreshing in the humorously gaudy late '80s. He inked a recording contract with Virgin Records and issued his debut release, Let Love Rule, in 1989. Kravitz's debut proved to be a surprise hit due to the success of the title track, which became a hit single and oft-aired video. A few critics were quick to assume that Kravitz's retro look and sound were simply a shtick to get the public's attention, but come the '90s, it had become integrated into the mainstream (both musically and fashion-wise), proving that Kravitz was a bit of a trendsetter. It was around this time that Kravitz penned a major hit single, not for himself but for Madonna, who went to number one with the sultry track "Justify My Love." What should have been a time of happiness for Kravitz quickly turned sour as he and Bonet divorced by the early '90s. Kravitz's heartbreak was very evident in his sophomore effort, Mama Said, which was even stronger than its predecessor, highlighted by the Led Zep-like funk rocker "Always on the Run" (a collaboration with Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash), as well as the mega hit with the Curtis Mayfield-esque soul ballad "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over," which confirmed that Kravitz's success was no fluke. But the best was yet to come for Kravitz. His third release overall, 1993's Are You Gonna Go My Way, is often considered to be the finest album front to back of his entire career, and with good reason: Every single song was a winner, including the up-tempo anthemic title track, which turned out to be one of MTV's most played videos for that year. The album was a massive hit and Kravitz became an arena headliner stateside, as well as being featured on countless magazine covers. Despite an almost two-year gap between albums, Kravitz's fourth release, Circus, came off sounding unfocused and was a major letdown compared to his stellar previous few releases. Perhaps sensing that he needed to stir things up musically, Kravitz dabbled with electronics and trip-hop loops for his next album, 1998's 5. Although not a huge hit right off the bat, the album proved to have an incredibly long chart life, spawning the biggest hit of Kravitz's career, "Fly Away," almost a year after its original release. With the single's success, Virgin decided to cash in on the album's sudden rebirth by reissuing it around the same time with a pair of extra added bonus tracks, one of which became another sizeable hit single, a remake of the Guess Who's "American Woman" (which was used in the hit 1999 comedy movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me). Kravitz's first best-of set, the 15-track Greatest Hits, was issued as a stopgap release in 2000, while his sixh studio release overall, Lenny, was issued a year later. Baptism followed in 2004. After starting a residential, commercial, and product design company called Kravitz Design, he recorded a funky version of John Lennon's "Cold Turkey" for Amnesty International's 2007 benefit compilation Instant Karma. Before the end of the year it was announced that Kravitz would return in 2008 with a new album, It Is Time for a Love Revolution. The album arrived in February, accompanied by a brief tour. In addition to his own albums, Kravitz continues to pen songs for other artists and his compositions have appeared on albums by such rock heavyweights as Aerosmith and Mick Jagger, while he produced and wrote the majority of Vanessa Paradis' obscure self-titled 1992 release.
Raise Vibration
Raise Vibration
Tracks: 12
Year: 2018
Raise Vibration
Raise Vibration
Tracks: 12
Year: 2018
Strut
Strut
Tracks: 14
Year: 2014
The Chamber
The Chamber
Tracks: 1
Year: 2014
Strut (Japanese Edition)
Strut (Japanese Edition)
Tracks: 16
Year: 2014
Strut
Strut
Tracks: 12
Year: 2014
The Chamber
The Chamber
Tracks: 1
Year: 2014
Strut
Strut
Tracks: 12
Year: 2014
Superlove
Superlove
Tracks: 1
Year: 2012
Black And White America
Black And White America
Tracks: 16
Year: 2011
Come On Get It (single)
Come On Get It (single)
Tracks: 1
Year: 2011
Love Love Love
Love Love Love
Tracks: 3
Year: 2008
I'll Be Waiting (maxi)
I'll Be Waiting (maxi)
Tracks: 4
Year: 2008
Love Love Love (maxi)
Love Love Love (maxi)
Tracks: 4
Year: 2008
Mail On Sunday (Promo)
Mail On Sunday (Promo)
Tracks: 12
Year: 2008
Absolut Kravitz (Promo)
Absolut Kravitz (Promo)
Tracks: 11
Year: 2006
Baptism
Baptism
Tracks: 13
Year: 2004
Baptism
Baptism
Tracks: 13
Year: 2004
Lady (Promo)
Lady (Promo)
Tracks: 2
Year: 2004
Another Life (EP)
Another Life (EP)
Tracks: 6
Year: 2004
Show Me Your Soul
Show Me Your Soul
Tracks: 3
Year: 2003
Show Me Your Soul
Show Me Your Soul
Tracks: 3
Year: 2003
Believe In Me
Believe In Me
Tracks: 3
Year: 2002
If I Could Fall In Love
If I Could Fall In Love
Tracks: 3
Year: 2002
Lenny
Lenny
Tracks: 12
Year: 2001
Dig In
Dig In
Tracks: 3
Year: 2001
Lenny
Lenny
Tracks: 19
Year: 2001
Lenny (Advance Promo)
Lenny (Advance Promo)
Tracks: 12
Year: 2001
Lenny
Lenny
Tracks: 12
Year: 2001
Stillness Of Heart
Stillness Of Heart
Tracks: 3
Year: 2001
Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
Tracks: 15
Year: 2000
Again
Again
Tracks: 3
Year: 2000
Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
Tracks: 15
Year: 2000
Thinking Of You
Thinking Of You
Tracks: 3
Year: 1999
American Woman
American Woman
Tracks: 4
Year: 1999
American Woman (single)
American Woman (single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 1999
In-Store Play Sampler
In-Store Play Sampler
Tracks: 10
Year: 1999
Black Velveteen (single)
Black Velveteen (single)
Tracks: 4
Year: 1999
Fly Away
Fly Away
Tracks: 2
Year: 1998
Fly Away (single)
Fly Away (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 1998
5 (1999, Reissue)
5 (1999, Reissue)
Tracks: 15
Year: 1998
5
5
Tracks: 13
Year: 1998
Fly Away (Promo)
Fly Away (Promo)
Tracks: 2
Year: 1998
Fly Away
Fly Away
Tracks: 3
Year: 1998
The Best Of
The Best Of
Tracks: 15
Year: 1998
5 (1999, Reissue)
5 (1999, Reissue)
Tracks: 15
Year: 1998
The Rock Sampler
The Rock Sampler
Tracks: 4
Year: 1998
I Belong To You
I Belong To You
Tracks: 5
Year: 1998
Heaven Help
Heaven Help
Tracks: 8
Year: 1995
Circus
Circus
Tracks: 11
Year: 1995
Circus
Circus
Tracks: 4
Year: 1995
Circus
Circus
Tracks: 11
Year: 1995
Heaven Help
Heaven Help
Tracks: 8
Year: 1995
Unplugged
Unplugged
Tracks: 9
Year: 1994
Unplugged
Unplugged
Tracks: 12
Year: 1994
Are You Gonna Go My Way
Are You Gonna Go My Way
Tracks: 4
Year: 1993
Believe!
Believe!
Tracks: 13
Year: 1993
Let Love Rule
Let Love Rule
Tracks: 10
Year: 1993
Are You Gonna Go My Way
Are You Gonna Go My Way
Tracks: 11
Year: 1993
Let Love Rule
Let Love Rule
Tracks: 10
Year: 1993
Are You Gonna Go My Way
Are You Gonna Go My Way
Tracks: 11
Year: 1993
Believe!
Believe!
Tracks: 13
Year: 1993
Mama said
Mama said
Tracks: 14
Year: 1991
Mama Said (Promo Sampler)
Mama Said (Promo Sampler)
Tracks: 6
Year: 1991
Always On The Run (single)
Always On The Run (single)
Tracks: 4
Year: 1991
Mama said
Mama said
Tracks: 14
Year: 1991
Stand By My Woman
Stand By My Woman
Tracks: 4
Year: 1991
If Six Was Nine
If Six Was Nine
Tracks: 10
Year: 1991
Mr. Cabdriver
Mr. Cabdriver
Tracks: 9
Year: 1990
Let Love Rule
Let Love Rule
Tracks: 3
Year: 1990
Let Love Rule
Let Love Rule
Tracks: 13
Year: 1989
Let Love Rule
Let Love Rule
Tracks: 13
Year: 1989
Let Love Rule
Let Love Rule
Tracks: 4
Year: 1989
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