The entertainment world has had quite a chunky taste of the versatile Lenny Kravitz, who is a singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. Kravitz, often portrayed as a funky personality cannot be forgotten in a hurry, having proved his significance in the industry. There is so much to know about the award-winning rock musician who is also known for his outstanding role in the movie Hunger Games.
Lenny Kravitz Bio, Age
Lenny Kravitz was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 26, 1964, as the only child of his parents. He developed an interest in music from the time he was five years old and starting out by playing drums and other instruments. Having a father who was a jazz promoter, he would listen to jazz music as well as Rhythm and blues. He later decided to join the choir as he grew older.
After his family moved to Los Angeles in 1974, Kravitz became a member of the California Boys Choir where he displayed unique skill on different kinds of musical equipment. His love for music was what pushed him to Beverly Hills High School in Los Angeles where he enrolled in a music programme in 1978. While at Beverly Hills, he learned how to play the piano all by himself and also got acquainted with rock and heavy metal bands. He also made the decision to become a pop star while at the reputable academy.
After school, it was time to venture fully into his chosen career, and Kravitz who at the time had a strong admiration for ‘David Bowie’ adjudged himself the name ‘Romeo Blue’ and started to make music in late Prince’s style. His style was not very welcomed in the mainstream world. Struggling to gain a platform, he later crossed paths with Henry Hirsch, a recording engineer who helped him record a demo ‘Romeo Blue’ in New Jersey. Hirsch was the only one at the time who was interested in his style of music.
His first album was developed with the help of his producer friend Hirsch, with his father paying for studio time. In the course of his recording, Kravitz came in contact with talented saxophonist, Karl Denson who after playing on his song “Let Love Rule”, worked with the singer for up to 5 years. This was after he signed a record deal with ‘Virgin Records’. The album comprised of rock, funk and a mixture of 60s vibe, just the way he loved it. ‘Justify My Love’ followed which Kravitz wrote in collaboration with Ingrid Chevez.
In the early 90s, Kravitz released more albums. He collaborated with French singer, Vanessa Paradis in 1991 to release a self-titled album. His second album, Mama Said which he dedicated to his ex-wife was released also in 1991 and he was soaring. Kravitz, also a songwriter, wrote for popular music group ‘Aerosmith’ and also did more collaborations including that with Al Green and Curtis Mayfield.
He continued to make waves until 1998 when he had a full blast. That year, Kravitz released another album, ‘5’ which was the main album that shot him to high prominence, as it contained most of his greatest singles. He released another hit album Lenny in 2001 and earned a lot of accolades from it. His next album It is Time for a Love Revolution was released in 2008, after which he took a big break due to an illness.
He came back to the screens in 2010 when he was cast in the movie “Hunger Games” as Cinna. It was also during this time that he released another album Black and White America.
His Net Worth, Achievements
Lenny Kravitz is basking in wealth and accolades which are truly deserving for a man truly dedicated to his craft and talent. His net worth is estimated at $40 million which is quite soothing for a man of his caliber. Kravitz’s music attained a wide reach across the globe and garnered great wealth for the singer. He has also had some endorsements which all contribute to his enviable net worth.
He has four Grammy awards for “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” all to himself; accolades he won consecutively from the year 1999 to 2002. For his huge significance, he was adjudged the ‘Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’, which is the highest cultural award in France.
Kravitz is the owner of Kravitz Design Inc, which he founded in 2003. The company deals with product design.
Family – Parents, Wife, Daughter
Kravitz was born to bi-racial parents at the time when racism still had a strong grip on the society. For this reason, he had a tough childhood having been misconceived to be a lot of things. However, he had the best any child could ask for, being showered with all the love and support from his rich parents Sy Kravitz, his Jewish father who was a television producer and Roxie Roker his Bahamian mother who was also into showbiz.
Kravitz found love at a time he was deeply hurting over his parents’ divorce in 1985. Towards the end of the heartbreaking episode, he got involved with actress Lisa Bonet who worked on the popular The Cosby Show. A platonic friendship soon turned to a romantic relationship and the two soon decided to take their love to the next level.
The couple tied the knot in 1987 and the following year, they welcomed a daughter Zoë Isabella Kravitz. Isabella shared the same dream with her parents, becoming a singer, actress, and a model. Six years after their wedding, Kravitz and Bonet split in 1993.
Lenny Kravitz’s Height, Weight, Body Measurements
Like his career, Kravitz has got quite a great body basking in magnificent stamina. He stands at an average height of 1.7m which is very proportional to his weight of 73 kg. We’re not forgetting his prominent biceps which measure 38cm giving his chest of 102 cm a perfect balance.