Grace Jones is a Jamaican born performer, model and singer. Jones' strong visual presence, with her androgynous appearance and statuesque style, has meant that she has become an iconic cult figure. Born in 1952, Jones studied theatre at Syracuse University, New York. She began to work as a model and quickly became a popular figure on the New York underground and nightlife scene. In 1977, she signed to Island Records and soon released her debut album 'Portfolio' and successful singles including 'I Need a Man'. During this period, Jones became a muse to Andy Warhol, regularly appearing in his portraits and accompanying him to Studio 54 on many occasions.

As her musical career developed, Jones worked with producers Alex Sadkin, Chris Blackwell and Trevor Horn. Jones' performances were highly sexually charged and she was noted for adopting extreme personae. One of her most memorable performances was at the Paradise Garage in 1985, where she collaborated with legendary visual artist Keith Haring. In 1983, Jones received a Grammy nomination for her 1983 video release 'A One Man Show' and in 1999, she was ranked eighty-two on 'VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll'.

Jones is also reputed for her roles in film. Her first appearance was in 'Conan the Destroyer', 1984 in which she starred alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger. Jones' other films include the 1985 James Bond film 'A View to Kill' and 'Boomerang' in 1992, also featuring Eddie Murphy. Jones continues to make occasional appearances in film, onstage and in interviews.

Selected Discography

  • 'Hurricane', 2008
  • 'The Collection', 2004 
  • 'Universal Masters Collection', 2003
  • '20th Century Masters-The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Grace Jones', 2003
  • 'Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions', 1998 
  • 'Island Life 2', 1996 
'Bulletproof Heart', 1989 
  • 'Inside Story', 1986 
'Slave to the Rhythm', 1985 
  • 'Island Life', 1985 
'Living My Life', 1982 
  • 'Nightclubbing' 1981 
'Warm Leatherette', 1980 
  • 'Muse', 1979
  • 'Fame', 1978
  • 'Portfolio', 1977

 

Selected Films

  • 'The Singer & The Song', 2003
  • 'Blood Moon', 2002
  • 'A Reggae Session', 2002
  • 'Palmer's Pick-Up', 1999
  • 'McCinsey's Island', 1997
  • 'Cyber Bandits', 1995
  • 'Boomerang', 1992
  • 'All-Star Reggae Session', 1991
  • 'Siesta', 1987
  • 'Vamp' 1986
  • 'Deadly Vengeance', 1985
  • 'A View to Kill', 1985
  • 'Conan the Destroyer', 1984

Image: Mano Lamont

Links

http://www.theworldofgracejones.com