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Lenny Kravitz was born in New York the son of Jewish Hollywood producer Sy Kravitz and Bahamian actress Roxie Roker (of The Jeffersons), Lenny grew up in wealth.
When he began attending grade school, Lenny quickly realized that his parents were of different races, but it didn't seem to affect him in the least - even though some students weren't as fair minded.
Even as a child, Lenny Kravitz had a strong desire for music; he would surround himself with his mom's pots and pans and pound on them as though they were drums. Considering his parents were both in the entertainment industry, they encouraged their then 8-year-old son to delve into his desire to play music.
By age ten, Lenny had already seen performances by Sarah Vaughn, James Brown, the Jackson 5, and Duke Ellington. And that same year, the Kravitz's relocated to Los Angeles because of Lenny's mom's role on The Jeffersons.
Determined to make it as a musician, Lenny Kravitz began acquainting himself with different musical instruments. He taught himself bass, piano, guitar, and drums at an early age and developed his singing voice in the California Boys Choir and the Metropolitan Opera. By 1978, Lenny was playing so well that he was accepted into the music program at Beverly Hills High School.
A year later, however, Lenny came upon Prince's music and was heavily influenced by Prince. Soon after that, his academic standing began to suffer. Lenny renamed himself "Romeo Blue" and began displaying somewhat eccentric behavior.
Luckily, Lenny did graduate from high school in 1982, but nevertheless, music had become his life and nothing was going to stop him from realizing his dream. His parents were friends with jazz greats Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Short and Miles Davis, so he grew up in a musical household, although he would pursue a career in rock rather than jazz. His father, Sy, agreed to finance Lenny's musical attempts.
Things weren't easy at first, since many record companies were complaining to Lenny that his music was not "black" enough. Determined not to change his musical integrity, Lenny continued to shop around for a record deal for three years. By 1985, Lenny's parents decided to get a divorce and although this affected Lenny very much, it seemed that his career, as well as his love life, were on the up and up.
In the late 1980's, Kravitz returned to New York to pursue a musical career. In New York, he would broaden his influences beyond Prince to classic rock and soul artists, such as Hendrix, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield and Bob Marley.
Lenny ended up meeting Lisa Bonet at a New Edition concert. Lisa played Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show. Although they were both involved in other relationships, they become good friends and, ultimately, lovers sharing a house.
In November 1987, Lenny and Lisa trekked off to Las Vegas and got married. One year later, their daughter, Zoe, was born. While Lisa continued working on The Cosby Show, Lenny met Henry Hirsch, a recording engineer who liked Lenny's musical ingenuity. The two ended up working on his debut album, "Let Love Rule," together. Lenny met and signed with the executives at
Virgin Records. Soon after, Lenny dropped the "Romeo Blue" name and reverted back to his real name.
Lenny's album, simply entitled "5," includes hit singles "Fly Away" (which earned him a 1999 Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance), "Thinking Of You" (written for his mother), and "Little Girl's Eyes"
(written for his daughter).
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