The Nines: Lenny Kravitz
“A sacred gift from heaven, for better, worse wherever.
And I would never let somebody take you down or take your crown, never”
~ Leonard Albert Kravitz, Again
Born to a Bahamian-African American mother and Russian-Jewish father, Leonard Albert Kravitz whom was named after his deceased Korean War veteran uncle arrived in the world a true Gemini on May 26. Bouncing back and forth between his grandmother’s home in Bedford Stuyvesant and his parent’s home in Manhattan, Kravitz was reared in the best of both worlds. Growing up he would listen to the sounds of everything from The Jackson 5 to Sara Vaughn, being that his father Sy Kravitz was a Jazz Promoter Lenny has got to be the only kid to have had Duke Ellington sing him Happy Birthday on his 5th birthday. In 1974 he and his mother Roxie Roker who played “Helen” on the popular TV show The Jeffersons, moved to Los Angeles. While growing up in LA, his love for music continued to stretch far behind cultures and genres, he eventually joined the California Boys Choir which had a mainly classical repertoire. After seeing Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin perform at a concert he was inspired and intrigued by their entire Rock n Roll persona, and that night a Rock star was born.
This Rock star has always marched to the beat of his own drum since he came out of the womb. Lenny Kravitz’s style of music has been as eclectic as the ethnicities that he has been blessed with. Rock, Funk, R&B, Soul, Neo-Soul, Reggae and Psychedelic; Kravitz has refused to be labeled, boxed in or pigeon holed even when record companies slammed the door in his face because they felt his music wasn’t “black or white enough”. When he hit the scene he was originally introduced to us as “Romeo Blue”, but of course he quickly dropped the Soap Opera name and just went with his government name after being signed to Virgin Records in 1989. He is the essence of what a musician is, his style is so Rock n Roll whether he has dreads draped down his back or rocking a bald fade one element never changes about him and that is sexy. Call me a sucker for a guitarist but this Renaissance man is beyond an accomplished musician he plays bass, percussion, keyboard and harmonica. Outside of the fact that he is an arranger, composer, song writer, producer and Grammy award winner within the past several years he has added actor to his catalog. You can check for him this summer when they release the Lee Daniel’s directed film The Butler where he will act alongside some of the greatest in the business from Robin Williams to Forrest Whittaker. And oh yes, just to give you one last title; interior decorator yeah who needs Nate Berkus when you have Lenny Kravitz.
The ability to be yourself, when the world is telling you who you are is a skill set not very many musicians have mastered. Well Mr. Kravitz learned this skill set right along with walking and talking as a child. From I Belong to You; to my favorite off of his Greatest Hits album Again his music is timeless, color blind and genius. The tattoos, sun-kissed skin , five ‘clock shadow, nose ring, chiseled body and that mysterious Gemini appeal that us Aquarians are so intrigued by you wouldn’t have to sing a note, thank you for being simply beautiful.
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