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, and Basement Jaxx. In December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked her as the 40th most successful dance artist of all time.[10]

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Highlights10

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

Photos - Grace Jones297

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 Relationships3

Commercial & Non-Profit Relationships1

Awards & Nominations5

Events2

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Videos4

Spotify - Albums & Singles114

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spotify - Appears On16

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spotify - Top Tracks10

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Concerts2

News Articles7

Grace Jones, Rag'N'Bone Man & Bryan Ferry lead Trinity Summer Series charge
  –  March 2, 2018
We shouldn't have favourites, but we never get tired of seeing Grace Jones in all of her hula hoop-ing glory. She's joined on the opening night by recent Hot Press cover stars Wyvern Lingo whose debut self-titled album is a cracker. Renowned Irish singer ...
Music icon Grace Jones rocks Queenstown
  –  March 2, 2018
Music icon Grace Jones has graced Queenstown with her first New Zealand concert. The 69-year-old Jamaican singer-songwriter is regarded as one of the original Queens of Disco and a timeless artist. She is known for her original style, flamboyant ...
Grace Jones Inspired Performance Seeks To Define New Future For Women Of Colour
  –  February 28, 2018
Named after Grace Jones' 1981 landmark album 'Nightclubbing', the show was ... Collaborators on NIGHTCLUBBING include: Sound artist/musician: Mwen Rukandema, Lighting Design: Nao Nagai, Set and Costume Design: Naomi Kuyck-Cohen, Outside Eye/dramaturg ...
Auckland City Limits: Grace Jones lights up New Zealand's biggest music festival
  –  March 3, 2018
A silent disco carried on through the night ... It was the Loser hit-maker's first performance in New Zealand in 20 years. Beck and music legend Grace Jones were the big drawcards for many, standing out from an impressive lineup that included Australian ...
Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami
  –  March 5, 2018
Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami, which comes in at just under two ... which allowed her the artistic freedom to control everything about the music she chose to put out in the world. And what a joy it is to see Sly & Robbie at work as we hear these songs ...
Grace Jones, Rag'N'Bone Man & Bryan Ferry lead Trinity Summer Series charge
  –  March 2, 2018
Grace Jones joins Joan As Policewoman and Dan Deacon on the list ... were looking at the intriguingly ridiculous cover rather than listening to the hot and heavy dance music on the record.
Music icon Grace Jones rocks Queenstown
  –  March 2, 2018
Music icon Grace Jones has graced Queenstown with her first New Zealand concert. The 69-year-old Jamaican singer-songwriter is regarded as one of the original Queens of Disco and a timeless artist. She is known for her original style, flamboyant ...

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