Grace Jones | Artist

Grace Jones | Artist

Tags: Era_1980s, Gender_Female, Genre_EDM, Genre_Reggae, Origin_Jamaica, Type_Artist

Grace Beverly Jones OJ is a Jamaican-American supermodel, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress born 1948 in Spanish Town, Jamaica. She moved when she was 13 to live with her parents in Syracuse, New York. Janes has developed a unique sound blending Disco, Reggae and Funk, and has worked extensively with Jamaican rhythm masters Sly & Robbie. She began her modelling career in New York, then in Paris, working for fashion houses Yves St. Laurent and Kenzo, becoming known for her distinctive androgynous appearance and bold features. She has appeared on the covers of Elle, Vogue and Stern magazines. While modelling in Paris, where she shared an apartment with Jerry Hall and Jessica Lange, Hall and Jones frequently socialised with Giorgio Armani and Karl Lagerfeld. Jones secured a record deal with Chris Blackwell's Island Records in 1977 and quickly become a star of NYC's disco scene, centred on Studio-54, with dance oriented singles such as "Pull up to the Bumper", "I've Seen That Face Before", "Private Life" and "Slave to the Rhythm". In the early 1980s, she moved toward a funky new wave style, in collaboration with Sly & Robbie, as well as other seasoned players working at Chris Blackwell's Compass Point studio in The Bahamas. To-date she has released ten studio albums plus a long list of Singles. Standout releases include Warm Leatherette (1980), Nightclubbing (1981), Living My Life (1982), Slave to the Rhythm (1985), Hurricane (2008), and the 1998 compilation Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions. Jones' movie appearances include as "Zula" in the Arnold Schwarzenegger fantasy-action film "Conan the Destroyer", as "May Day" in the 1985 James Bond film "A View to a Kill", and as a Vampire in the 1986 movie "Vamp". In April 2012, Jones joined Deborah Harry, Bebel Gilberto and Sharon Stone at the Inspiration Gala in São Paulo, raising $1.3 million for AIDS Research. Two months later, Jones performed "Slave to the Rhythm" at the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, whilst keeping a hula hoop spinning round her waist throughout. Vice Media nicely summed up Jones's musical output as "weird, vibrant and progressive.. weaving disco, new-wave, post-punk, art-pop, industrial, reggae and gospel into a tight sound that is distinctly hers, threaded together with lilting, powerful vocals."

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Related Artists: Sly & Robbie

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