Lenny Kravitz's latest album, Black and White America, treats us to a wide range of musical styles brought together from his diverse background. Inspired by various places, ranging from the exotic Bahamas to the glamorous French capital, Paris, and by the pressing issue of race in the United States, the American four-time-Grammy-Award-winner has once again produced music that tingles in your ears long after you have heard it. The Bahamas - Kravitz's mother's homeland - was a crucial source of inspiration for his 16-track ninth album. 'It's such a beautiful, isolated place,' he says. 'You know everybody and don't pass by anyone without acknowledging them.' Last year, his spiritual and emotional attachment to the island took flight in the form of this new music. 'This was the most time I've spent down there, and whatever is inside yourself is projected all over - and if there's things you need to deal with, they come out.' During this creative process he achieved a whole new level of comfort and clarity with his music. 'I dreamt a lot of this music, sleeping in my trailer on the beach,' he says. One morning, he 'just woke up and ran to the studio and this thing came out'; this 'thing' happened to be the creation Life Ain't Ever Been Better Than It is Now. Watching some 'full figured' Bahamian women dance confidently near his home triggered his ideas for another song, Boongie Drop. Kravitz, 47, was encouraged to see that the women were not buying into the stereotypes of what the media says is beautiful. This casual encounter resulted in this simmering space-shuffle, featuring Jay-Z and DJ Military. When Kravitz moved his base of operations to Paris, his album took a different turn in style. 'After I'd been in the bush [countryside] so long, it was really interesting to hear this music in the city,' he says. The artist began experimenting and adding synthesizer overdubs. The 'really sensual' song, Liquid Jesus, was created as a result of urban, Parisian influences, he says. Ultimately it is the album's title track that carries the strongest, gravest message. Kravitz wrote this song after seeing a documentary on racism in the US since Barack Obama became President in 2009. The artist drew on his family history, especially on his parents' experiences as an interracial couple in the 1960s, for inspiration. Black and White America conveys Kravitz's frustration about racial inequality still existing in the US today. 'Maybe we are beginning to move on, but there's still a lot of people who want to hold onto their old ideas,' he says. 'This world is a challenging place. The interesting dynamic is when you are in the middle of chaos and you are able to find inner peace.' He says Black and White America is supposed to induce a feeling of optimism, faith and hope. 'Anybody listening is going to feel it and be uplifted by the spirit of the music.' Kravitz will feature music from the delightful Black and White America album on his tour of Europe, which starts next month.