Just like one of his major early influences, Prince, Kravitz played nearly all the instruments on the album."Let Love Rule" met mixed critical reviews; his second album, "Mama Said", released two years later, provided him with his major breakthrough.
Following the release of "5" in 1998 and the single "Fly Away", Kravitz won the first of four Grammys for Best Male Vocal Rock Performance.
He has also co-written and produced material for various artists such as Madonna, Vanessa Paradis, and Steven Tyler as well as performing on tracks for Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Jay Z. Leonard Kravitz, who was killed in action in Korea on 7 March 1951 while suppressing a Chinese attack and saving most of his platoon.
He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
Four time Grammy Award-winner Leonard Albert Kravitz was born on May 26, 1964 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, the only child of actress Roxie Roker and Hollywood producer Sy Kravitz. His father was Jewish and his mother was of African-American and Afro-Bahamian ancestry.
He started playing the drums and guitar at the age of five, influenced by his parents' love of R&B, jazz, classical, opera and blues.
In Los Angeles, his mother encouraged him to join the California Boys Choir and Metropolitan Choir.
He attended Beverly Hills High School, where he was a contemporary of Slash from Guns N' Roses, graduating in 1982.
In the late 1980s he returned to New York to pursue his musical career.
Here he met and married Lisa Bonet, who played Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show (1984).