Grace Jones

Grace Jones

 

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Grace Beverly Jones (born 19 May 1948) is a Jamaican singer, songwriter, supermodel, record producer, and actress. Born in Jamaica, she moved when she was 13, along with her siblings, to live with her parents In Syracuse, New York. Jones began her modelling career in New York state, then in Paris, working for fashion houses such as Yves St. Laurent and Kenzo, and appearing on the covers of Elle and Vogue. She worked with photographers such as Jean-Paul Goude, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Hans Feurer, and became known for her distinctive androgynous appearance and bold features.

In 1977, Jones secured a record deal with Island Records, initially becoming a star of New York City's Studio 54-centered disco scene. In the early 1980s, she moved toward a new wave style that drew on reggae, funk, post-punk and pop music, frequently collaborating with both the graphic designer Jean-Paul Goude and the musical duo Sly & Robbie. Her most popular albums include Warm Leatherette (1980), Nightclubbing (1981), and Slave to the Rhythm (1985). She scored Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart with "Pull Up to the Bumper", "I've Seen That Face Before", "Private Life", and "Slave to the Rhythm". In 1982, she released the music video collection A One Man Show, directed by Goude.

Jones appeared in some low-budget films in the US during the 1970s and early 1980s. In 1984, she made her first mainstream appearance as Zula in the fantasy-action film Conan the Destroyer alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sarah Douglas, and subsequently appeared in the 1985 James Bond movie A View to a Kill as May Day. In 1986, she played a vampire in Vamp, and acted in and contributed a song to the 1992 Eddie Murphy film Boomerang. She appeared alongside Tim Curry in the 2001 film Wolf Girl. For her work in Conan the Destroyer, A View to a Kill, and Vamp, she was nominated for Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actress.

In 1999, Jones ranked 82nd on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and in 2008, she was honored with a Q Idol Award. Jones influenced the cross-dressing movement of the 1980s and has been an inspiration for artists including Annie Lennox, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Lorde, Róisín Murphy, Brazilian Girls, Nile Rodgers, Santigold, Basement Jaxx and Stanka Brljevic. In December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked her as the 40th most successful dance artist of all time.[10]

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Nightclubbing
 
Nightclubbing is the fifth studio album by Jamaican singer Grace Jones, released on 11 May 1981 by Island Records.
A View to a Kill
 
A View to a Kill (1985) is the fourteenth spy film of the James Bond series, and the seventh and last to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond.
Hurricane
 
Hurricane is the tenth studio album by singer Grace Jones, released in 2008, and her first album of new material in nineteen years.
Island Life
 
Island Life is Grace Jones' compilation album released in December 1985, summing up the first nine years of her musical career.

Photos - Grace Jones816

Popular Albums28

Album Appearances & References22

Popular Songs30

Song Appearances & References16

Musical Group References2

Films4

Soundtrack Film Appearances1

Minor Film Appearances & References9

TV Shows3

Minor Musical Appearances & References1

Minor Play Appearances & References3

Book References & Influences2

Video Game References1

Collaborators & Influencers34

Other Music-Related Relationships19

Other Film-Related Relationships5

Personal & Professional Relationships4

Commercial & Non-Profit Relationships1

Awards & Nominations5

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Spotify - Albums & Singles117

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Spotify - Top Tracks10

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Concerts2

News Articles15

Adelaide Festival 2018: Line-up to feature singer Grace Jones and 'pots and pans' orchestra
  –  October 24, 2017
A four-hour Shakespearean epic, an international '80s singing star and the return of a floating palais will all feature in next year's epic Adelaide Festival. It is the second programme delivered by artistic directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy, whose ...
REVIEW: Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
  –  October 24, 2017
When I first heard that BBC Films were backing a new documentary about Grace Jones, I was excited. As a big fan of the singer, I’ve often felt her contribution to popular culture has been somewhat overlooked. A feature-length documentary would be a good ...
Could Lupita Nyong’o play Grace Jones in a biopic movie?
  –  October 24, 2017
Time Out London chatted to the iconic Grace Jones for this week’s issue of the magazine ... s hoping to release an album that’s been five years in the making, the singer said she hoped to make a film of her autobiography ‘I’ll Never Write My ...
Amazing Grace: a hopeless fanboy talks to Grace Jones
  –  October 24, 2017
The news that Grace Jones is coming here in March hit the nation with considerable ... This person is careless, abusive, just using him, he is told. But the singer hopes she keeps right on using him until he’s all used up. When I talked to her, Jones ...
Grace Jones Says Today's "Model Sizes" Are Too Small for Her
  –  October 24, 2017
Grace Jones—who in addition to being a singer, songwriter, and actress, was once a supermodel—will not be returning to the runway anytime soon. In a recent interview with The Guardian, the 69-year-old multi-hyphenate spoke out about the current state ...
Grace Jones to kickstart 2018 Adelaide Festival with concert in Elder Park on February 28
  –  October 24, 2017
ICONIC singer and performance artist Grace Jones will get next year’s Adelaide Festival off to an early start by playing in Elder Park on February 28, two days ahead of the event’s official opening. The 69-year-old Jamaican supermodel turned singer and ...
Size zero is like the walking dead: Grace Jones
  –  October 23, 2017
Singer and former model Grace Jones believes size zero in the fashion world is not “sexy at all”, and that it is similar to “walking dead”. Jones told The Guardian: “I’m glad I’m not doing it now (modelling). I’d probably be dead.
Grace Jones: Size zero is like the walking dead
  –  October 23, 2017
Singer and former model Grace Jones believes size zero in the fashion world is not 'sexy at all', and that it is similar to 'walking dead'. Jones told, 'I'm glad I'm not doing it now (modelling). I'd probably be dead. Everybody's so skinny. Size zero is ...
Grace Jones: ‘Size zero is like the walking dead. Not sexy at all’
  –  October 22, 2017
A singer, songwriter, actor and model, Grace Jones was born in Jamaica in 1948. She was brought up by her grandmother and violent step-grandfather and moved to Syracuse, New York, to join her parents when she was 13. In the 80s, she had several hits ...
Grace Jones’ Queenstown concert sells out
  –  October 19, 2017
Tickets to the first-ever New Zealand show of legendary singer-songwriter and style icon Grace Jones have sold out. The limited-capacity concert at Queenstown Events Centre, which was announced on Tuesday morning, was all but sold out within the first 12 ...
An Auckland show is rumoured for Grace Jones
  –  October 18, 2017
Singer Grace Jones could play a show in Auckland in addition to her sold-out Queenstown gig, a music promoter has hinted, and it is annoying Auckland fans who have already brought tickets to her South Island show. Promoter Campbell Smith said that ...
Superstar Grace Jones heads to NZ
  –  October 17, 2017
Legendary singer-songwriter Grace Jones will perform her first-ever New Zealand show in Queenstown next year - but tickets won't come cheap. One of the original queens of disco, Ms Jones will perform at the Queenstown Events Centre on March 2, in an ...
Slave to the rhythm of Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
  –  October 16, 2017
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami has been one of the best-received documentaries of the year. The director Sophie Fiennes — another member of the talented film family — was unconventional in her approach, following the iconic Jamaican singer around ...
Tickets for Grace Jones' sole New Zealand show start at $160
  –  October 16, 2017
Grace Jones will perform her first-ever New Zealand show in Queenstown next year - but tickets won't come cheap. The 69-year-old singer-songwriter, supermodel and actress will perform a one-off show with a full band at the Queenstown Events Centre on March ...
2017 TIFF - "Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami" Premiere
  –  September 8, 2017
Singer Grace Jones, the subject of the documentary film "Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami," poses at the premiere of the film on day 1 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Elgin Theatre on Thursday, Sept. We welcome you to read all of our ...

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