This year has proven to be a monumental one for Lenny Kravitz. Not only did the funk-rock multi-instrumentalist celebrate his 50th birthday in May, he’s also marking the release of his 10th studio album, “Strut,” which comes out Sept. 23. It will be Kravitz’s first album on his own label, Roxie Records.
The upbeat, 12-track “Strut,” Kravitz’s first release since 2011’s “Black and White America,” finds the Grammy-winning songwriter striking a unique balance between classic stripped-down rock and a modern sound more reminiscent of today’s hits. Sensual tracks like “Sex,” “Dirty White Boots” and lead single “The Chamber” find Kravitz masterfully exploring the idea of, as he described it to The Huffington Post, “embracing one’s self.”
In a conversation with HuffPost this week, Kravitz shared his thoughts on recording the album, life as an independent artist and the idea of collaborating someday with Prince.
How would you describe the album’s title, “Strut”?
For me, using that word was about being proud and confident about who you are. Whatever you are. Because we’re all different. We’re all freaks of some sort. That whole thing about being “normal,” I don’t even know what that is. We’re all different. That’s the beauty of life. It’s about embracing who you are, and walking tall and proud. I think it’s a healthy thing. And it’s a process, because we go through life changing. We all go through phases. We change, we learn, we grow. Sometimes we’re comfortable with ourselves. So it’s about that.