Lenny Kravitz Reflects on Collaborations with Prince, Michael Jackson, and Mick Jagger

As Lenny Kravitz promotes his new album, Blue Electric Light, he’s sharing fascinating stories about his illustrious career and collaborations with legendary artists such as Prince, Michael Jackson, and Mick Jagger. In an exclusive interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Kravitz delves into his experiences and the profound impact these icons had on him.

Jamming with Prince: A Unique Friendship

Lenny Kravitz recalls his deep connection with Prince, describing how the Minneapolis legend’s influence is evident in his new album. “He owns the Linndrum,” Kravitz states, referring to the iconic drum machine that Prince popularized in the 1980s. “They were on so many records by various artists, but Prince made it an integral part of his sound.”

Kravitz fondly remembers the spontaneous late-night jams and casual hangouts with Prince. “He used to call me late at night to meet him at a club and just play,” Kravitz reminisces. “Those nights were free and fun. He also had an amazing sense of humor, often inviting me to his house to watch funny movies or comedians.”

Being on stage and in the studio with Prince was equally memorable. “It was intimidating. He’s just that good,” Kravitz admits. The two musicians would often switch instruments and create tracks together. “There are recordings where I’m singing background on Prince tracks, and you wouldn’t know it’s me unless I told you,” Kravitz reveals.

Michael Jackson: A Unique Working Relationship

Lowe also touches on the times Kravitz and Prince would visit Michael Jackson in the studio. Contrary to the rumored rivalry between Prince and Jackson, Kravitz describes their interactions as playful. “It was more about having fun and joking around,” he explains.

Kravitz collaborated with Jackson on the track (I Can’t Make It) Another Day, which appeared on the posthumous album Michael. Despite initial challenges, the experience was rewarding. “Michael wanted me to write and produce a song for him. I had only a few days to come up with something,” Kravitz shares. Jackson’s dedication to perfection was evident as he worked tirelessly to get the vocals right. “I laughed so much with him. He was super funny, a perfectionist, and it was a gift of an experience.”

Mick Jagger: Pursuing Perfection

Kravitz also opens up about working with Mick Jagger on God Gave Me Everything from Jagger’s 2001 solo album Goddess in the Doorway. The collaboration showcased Jagger’s meticulous approach to music. “He came to my place in Miami, and after listening to the track, he wrote the lyrics in about 30 minutes,” Kravitz recalls. Jagger’s initial vocal take amazed Kravitz and his guitarist Craig Ross. “It sounded like a record instantly.”

However, Jagger’s quest for perfection led him to re-record the vocals multiple times. “Day after day, he’d come back to get the perfect take,” Kravitz explains. Eventually, Jagger accepted that his first take was indeed perfect. “Thank God,” Kravitz laughs. “That’s the vocal you hear on the record.”

Conclusion

Lenny Kravitz’s new album, Blue Electric Light, is a testament to his musical journey and the influences of the iconic artists he’s collaborated with. Through his stories, fans gain a deeper understanding of the creative processes and personalities of Prince, Michael Jackson, and Mick Jagger. Kravitz’s reflections not only celebrate his new album but also honor the legendary artists who have shaped his career.

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