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Grace Jones

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Spanish Town, Jamaica (1977 – present)

Grace Jones (born Beverly Grace Jones on May 19, 1948, in Spanish Town, Jamaica) is a model, singer and actress.

Raised in Syracuse, New York, she found success in the 70s as a model, working in New York and Paris (where she shared an apartment with Jerry Hall and Jessica Lange), before rising to public prominence as a singer and personality.

Jones secured a record deal with Island Records, which resulted in a string of club hits. The three disco albums she recorded - Portfolio (1977), Fame (1978), and Muse (1979) - generated dance singles such as Sorry That’s The Trouble, I Need A Man, and a classic cover of La Vie En Rose. During this period, she also became a muse to Andy Warhol, appearing in his portraits and accompanying him to Studio 54 on many occasions.

As the 70s drew to a close, Jones adapted the emerging music to suit a different style, a significant departure from her previous output that resulted in some of her strongest work. Still with Island, and now working with producers Alex Sadkin and Chris Blackwell at Compass Point Studios, and with the considerable talents of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare (Sly & Robbie) behind her, she released the acclaimed Warm Leatherette (1980) and Nightclubbing (1981). These included re-imaginings of songs by Sting, Iggy Pop, The Pretenders, Roxy Music, Flash and the Pan, The Normal, and Tom Petty, as well as originals like the innuendo-filled Pull Up To The Bumper and the haunting I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango). Parallel to her musical shift was an equally dramatic visual departure; Jones - working heavily with style artist Jean-Paul Goude - adopted a severe, androgynous look that enhanced her already striking presence, the iconic cover of Nightclubbing exemplifying this new identity.

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  • imx4n

    @Whip-Smart I’m not a fan of compilations in general but I guess that first of all it’s not wrong to start with Island Life. Almost worth buying for the cover alone. Anyway, Warm Leatherette and Nightclubbing (saw that you had listened to it a couple of times) are my favourites. Pretty solid albums from start to finish in my opinion. Slave to the Rhythm is a nice album as well (concept album) produced by master Trevor Horn. Grace is indeed intriguing, do take some time to explore her work, it’s really worth it.

    29 Jun 2:26am Reply
  • LarkCGN

    DISCO!!!! :D

    16 Jun 8:23am Reply
  • Whip-Smart

    Grace Jones is an artist that has always intrigued me but I have never listened to. Any recommendations of what songs/album to start with?

    15 Jun 8:12pm Reply
  • JBryanMusic

    Word on the street is that the new album is finished, will be out some time this year

    12 Jun 2:41am Reply
  • KevLonelyHeart

    Porque uma rainha é uma rainha, né non? Doníssima!

    2 Jun 12:46pm Reply
  • Theelusiveg0y

    amoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    28 May 10:05pm Reply
  • gazocz

    nice one

    25 May 9:24am Reply
  • uhIgor

    Que mulher, viu!

    21 May 10:00pm Reply
  • lucassalgado

    Uma lenda viva! <3 Parabéns, Grace!

    19 May 11:23pm Reply
  • electricmonster

    happy bdayyyyy

    19 May 5:00pm Reply
  • Gynotype

    Androgyny Idol!

    19 May 3:48am Reply
  • mugginz

    disco = xmas jingles

    18 May 8:45pm Reply
  • fragmentary-

    *patiently waiting for the new album*

    23 Apr 6:56am Reply
  • bipolarII

    YES.

    21 Apr 7:44pm Reply
  • heartbreakdown

    fode

    22 Mar 3:12am Reply
  • VaVaVoomers

    Williams Blood ♥

    15 Jan 10:51pm Reply
  • Theelusiveg0y

    Rainha, não admite xerox. KKKKKKKKK ❥

    10 Jan 12:01am Reply
  • VaVaVoomers

    Fame, Nightclubbing and Portfolio >>>>>

    5 Jan 1:11pm Reply
  • wiinter

    Goddess

    4 Jan 9:43pm Reply
  • brokenvows

    Love Is The Drug

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
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