Leonard Albert “Lenny” Kravitz was born on May 26, 1964, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, & arranger whose “retro” style incorporates elements of rock, soul, funk, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, folk & ballads. In addition to singing lead & backing vocals, Kravitz often plays all the guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, & percussion himself when recording. He is known for his elaborate stage performances and music videos. Kravitz has had multiple number 1 hits on the US Top Singles Charts, though none by himself on the Hot 100, & many more worldwide. He won the Grammy Award for “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” four years in a row from 1999 to 2002, breaking the record for most wins in that category & most consecutive wins in one category. He has been nominated and won other awards, namely American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Radio Music Awards, BRIT Awards & Blockbuster Entertainment Awards.
On February 11, 2008, Kravitz was accommodated to Miami Hospital suffering from severe bronchitis. He had been suffering from a series of severe respiratory tract infections since mid-January, and the illness developed into bronchitis. Kravitz’s illness had forced him to postpone Canadian dates & his trip to Europe to promote his record album It Is Time for a Love Revolution. On March 19, 2008 he canceled the South American part of his tour due to the same illness. The decision affected planned concerts in Colombia, Mexico, Brazil & Argentina. In Argentina Kravitz had a performance in the biggest rock festival there, Quilmes Rock Fest. On July 15, Lenny was honored in Milan, Italy with the key to the city in a special toast ceremony for his work with the United Nations Millennium Campaign to end world poverty.
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Kravitz made his feature film acting debut in Precious which premiered at the Sundance motion picture Festival in January 2009. Kravitz performing in Valencia on May 2, 2009. During the Italian leg of his 53 date Let Love Rule European tour, Kravitz has been instructed to cancel some shows due to a bad bout of bronchitis. Under strict orders from his doctor, the singer has been put to rest so that he could make a quick recovery and return to the stage for the rest of his high energy tour. Shows scheduled for Rome on June 5 & Brescia on June 6 have been postponed to late July.
It has since emerged that Kravitz’s succeeding album Funk will now be called Negrophilia & is set to be due out sometime in 2010. A video on Kravitz’s Twitter page shows him working on one of the songs for the record album, called Super Love, in his GTS studios in the Bahamas . Another video shows him working on another track titled Life Ain’t Never Been Better Than It Is Now in his GTS Studios. It was announced that Kravitz would be supporting U2 on their highly successful 360 Tour on the second North American leg in 2010. Kravitz will support them for 4 shows. In June 2010 it was announced that Kravitz would guest star on an episode of the upcoming season of Entourage.
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