- Grace Jones
Infobox Musical artist
Name = Grace Jones
Img_capt = Grace Jones live at the Tivoli Gardens,
22 June 2007
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Grace Mendoza
Born = birth date and age|1948|5|19
Spanish Town, Jamaica
Singer, songwriter, actress, supermodel
Contralto[ [http://www.gracejones.org/grace-jones-trivia-2.php Grace Jones trivia.] ]
Disco, New Wave, soul, dance-pop, dance, dancehall
Years_active = 1973 - present
Island Records, Manhattan Records, Capitol, Wall of Sound/Pias Records
Instrument = Vocals
Grace Jones (born
May 19, 1948)cite news|last=|first=|coauthors=|title=THE SCURRA|pages=|work=The Mirror|date= 2002-05-21|url=http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-86118771.html|accessdate=2007-12-10] is a Jamaican–American singer, model and actress.
Jones was born Grace Mendoza in
Spanish Town, Jamaica, the daughter of Marjorie and Robert W. Jones, who was a politician and Apostolicclergyman.cite news|last=Gadoua|first=Renee K.|coauthors=|title=CRUSADE TO SEEK CNY "UNCHURCHED'; TWO-DAY REVIVAL WITH TWO WELL-KNOWN PREACHERS HOPES TO DRAW 14,000 TO ONCENTER|pages=|work=The Post-Standard|date= 2003-04-20|url=http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-100430610.html|accessdate=2007-12-10] [cite news|last=Yakir|first=Dan|coauthors=|title=Tough roles come easy to Grace Jones; Imposing artist leaves menacing mark on 'Vamp'|pages=|publisher=" Chicago Sun-Times" |date= 1986-07-13| url=http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=CSTB&p_theme=cstb&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EB36D131C07F658&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM|accessdate=2007-12-10] [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/38/Grace-Jones.html Grace Jones Biography (1952?-)] ] Her parents took Grace and her brother Christian, to relocate to Syracuse, New Yorkin 1965. Before becoming a successful model in New York Cityand Paris, Jones studied theatre at Syracuse University.
Jones secured a record deal with
Island Recordsin 1977, which resulted in a string of dance club hits and a large gayfollowing. The three disco albums she recorded — "Portfolio" (1977), "Fame" (1978), and "Muse" (1979) — generated considerable success in that market. These albums consisted of pop melodies, such as "All on a Summer's Night" and "Do or Die", set to a disco beat, as well as standards such as "What I Did for Love", "Autumn Leaves", and " Send in the Clowns".
During this period, she also became a muse to
Andy Warhol, who photographed her extensively. Jones also accompanied him to famed New York Citynightclub Studio 54on many occasions.
Towards the end of the 1970s, Jones adapted the emerging
New Wave musicto create a different style for herself. Still with Island, and now working with producers Alex Sadkinand Chris Blackwell, she released the acclaimed albums "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, Ástor Piazzollaand Tom Petty.
Parallel to her musical shift was an equally dramatic visual makeover, created in partnership with stylist
Jean-Paul Goude, with whom she had a son. Jones adopted a severe, androgynous look, with square-cut hair and angular, padded clothes. The iconic cover photographs of "Nightclubbing" and, subsequently, " Slave to the Rhythm" (1985) exemplified this new identity. To this day, Jones is known for her unique look at least as much as she is for her music. Her collaboration with Sadkin and Blackwell continued with the dub reggae-influenced album "Living My Life".
In the mid-1980s, she worked with
Trevor Hornfor the conceptual musical collage "Slave to the Rhythm" and with producer Nile Rodgersfor " Inside Story" (1986) - her first album after leaving the Island Records label. The well-received "Slave to the Rhythm" consisted of several re-workings of the title track (the single of which hit #12 in the UK), while "Inside Story" produced her last Billboard Hot 100hit to date, " I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect For You)", one of several songs she co-wrote with Bruce Woolley. [ [https://www.harryfox.com/public/songfile.jsp HFA’s Songfile ® ] ] " Bulletproof Heart" (1989) spawned the #1 U.S. Hot Dance Club Playhit "Love on Top of Love" / "Killer Kiss", produced by C+C Music Factory's David Cole and Robert Clivilles.
Although she has yet to become a truly mainstream recording artist in the United States (with the exception of her featured work on the Arcadia hit single "Election Day"), much of her musical output is still popular on the Billboard's
Hot Dance Club Playand Hot Dance Airplaycharts, and many of her songs are regarded as classics to this day. Jones was able to find mainstream success in the United Kingdom, scoring a number of Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart. To date, she has released 45 singles (commercial and/or promotional), including several non-album tracks.
Grace Jones is a
contraltovocalist. [ [http://www.gracejones.org/grace-jones-trivia-2.php Grace Jones trivia.] ] While her image became more notable than her voice, she is in fact a highly stylized vocalist. She sings in two modes: her monotone speak-sing as in songs like "Private Life", "Walking in the Rain", and "The Apple Stretching", and in an almost sopranomode in such songs as " La Vie en Rose" and "Slave to the Rhythm". [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k14u7nHmY9I YouTube - Grace Jones - La Vie en Rose (2006) ] ] Her vocal range spans two-and-a-half octaves. She contributed significant vocals to Arcadia's 1985 hit single, "Election Day", from the album " So Red the Rose", as well as their subsequent single, "The Flame".
Grace Jones' masculine appearance, height (5' 10½" or 1.79 m) and manner influenced the cross-dressing movement of the 1980s. She would also exemplify the "Flat Top", a hairstyle popular among men in the late-80s, which she displayed on the cover of her first non-disco album, 1980's "Warm Leatherette".
She maintained parallel recording and acting careers, and modeling work often overshadowed her musical output. Her strong visual presence extended to her concert tours. In her performances, she adopted various personas and wore outlandish costumes, particularly during her years with Goude. One such performance was at the Paradise Garage in 1985, wherein she collaborated with visual artist
Keith Haringfor her costume. Haring painted her body in tribal patterns and fitted her with wire armor. [ [http://www.english.emory.edu/Bahri/GraceJones.html Grace Jones ] ] The muralist also painted her body for the video to "I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect for You)".
Jones recorded two albums during the 1990s but they remain unreleased thus far: in 1994 she was due to release an electro album titled "Black Marilyn" with artwork featuring the singer as
Marilyn Monroe; in 1998 she was scheduled to release an album entitled "Force of Nature".Fact|date=June 2008 Also in 1998 she sang the title track for the film remake of cult TV series "The Avengers". The song "Storm" was written and produced by Bruce Woolley, Chris Elliott and Marius DeVries and was performed with [http://www.myspace.com/brucewoolley The Radio Science Orchestra] .
In 2000, Jones cut "The Perfect Crime", an up-tempo song for Danish TV written by the composer duo Floppy M. On
May 28, 2002, Jones performed onstage with Italian opera tenor Luciano Pavarottiduring Pavarotti's annual "Pavarotti and Friends" concert to support the United Nationsrefugee agency's programmes for Angolan refugeesin Zambia. The concert was held in Modena, Italyand Jones and Pavarotti were accompanied by the 70-strong Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana, conducted by Jose Molina. [ [http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/AllDocsByUNID/396691a0b8518b56c1256bc2005077d3 Relief Web: Pavarotti and friends to stage concert for Angolan refugees.] ]
In November 2004, Jones sang her hit "Slave to the Rhythm" at a tribute concert for
Trevor Hornat Wembley Arena. She received rave reviews, despite having been absent in the music scene for some time.Fact|date=February 2007 In February 2006, Jones was the celebrity runway model for Diesel's show in New York.
October 20 2006, the 3 CD compilation "The Ultimate Collection" was released in Europe by the CCM label. On November 3 2006, Jones took part in a gathering of people sharing the surname, performing "Slave to the Rhythm" and "Pull up to the Bumper" to a large crowd of Joneses. 1,224 people were gathered that day at the Wales Millennium Centrein Cardiff, breaking the previous record for the largest surname-based gathering. [http://www.jones.tv/Default.aspx?lc=English]
Producer Ivor Guest confirmed that Jones had completed recording of her new album in 2007. [ [http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=100060502 MySpace.com - Ivor Guest - London - Autre - www.myspace.com/ivorguest ] ] Nick Hooker has directed the first video from the upcoming album. [ [http://www.nickhooker.com/news.html nick hooker ] ] Other participants on the new album include
Sly and Robbie, Brian Eno, Bruce Woolley, Trickyand Tony Allen. [ [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/ask_bb/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003574416 Ask Billboard ] ] In April 2007, Version2 listed "Corporate Cannibal" as the new video directed by Nick Hooker for Grace Jones. [ [http://feed.stashmedia.tv/pr-feed/ Pr Feed ] ] On June 22, 2007, Jones performed in Copenhagen at Tivoli Gardens theme park. Tivoli's website mentioned the title of her new album as " Corporate Cannibal", without confirming a release date. [ [http://www.tivoli.dk/composite-6008.htm Fødselsdagskoncert ] ]
Jones was part of the line-up for
Massive Attack's Meltdown at the Southbank Centre in London, taking place 14 June– 22 June 2008. Jones received positive reviews across many UK newspapers for her comeback show as part of the Meltdown festival on June 19, and previewed many new songs from her first album of new material in almost 20 years.cite news|title=Grace Jones performs at Meltdown|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7465083.stm] Jones is also to perform at the relaunch of Elandra Resort in Mission Beach in Cairns, Queenslandon 28 June 2008, her first performance in Australia in many years.Fact|date=June 2008. Grace headlined the Belgian Lokerse Feesten on August 8, 2008 with a full 2-hour show similar to the one at meltdown.
Her new album has now been scheduled for release on
27 October 2008on Wall of Sound/PIAS Records and is called "Hurricane"; Jones will tour the UK and headline the Secret Garden Partyfrom July 24– July 27 2008to promote the album's release.Fact|date=June 2008 She also made a guest appearance and performance in 2008 at the Bestival(Isle of Wight) as well as Electric Picnic(Ireland).
In 1973, Jones played the role of Mary, a drug courier in Harlem in the film "
Gordon's War". Jones' work as an actress in mainstream film began with the role of Zula, the Amazon in the 1984 film " Conan the Destroyer" alongside Arnold Schwarzeneggerand NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain. She next landed the role of May Day in the 1985 James Bondmovie " A View to a Kill".
Jones appeared in a number of other motion pictures including the 1986 vampire film, "Vamp" (wherein she used her Keith Haring body paint as part of her role as a vampiric exotic dancer) as well as Helen Strange in the
Eddie Murphyfilm "Boomerang" - for which she recorded the song, "7 Day Weekend" - in 1992. In 2001, she appeared alongside Tim Curry in " Wolf Girl" (aka "Blood Moon"), as a transvestite circus freakshow performer named Christoph/Christine. She also appeared in an episode of the "Beastmaster" television series as the Impatra Warrior.
Awards and nominations
Jones is a three-time
Saturn Awardnominee, a Grammynominee, a Razzie Awardnominee and a Q AwardsWinner:
* 1985: Best Supporting Actress for "
Conan the Destroyer": Nomination
* 1986: Best Supporting Actress for "
A View to a Kill": Nomination
* 1987: Best Supporting Actress for "Vamp": Nomination
* 1984: Best Long Form Music Video for her "
A One Man Show": Nomination
MTV Video Music Award
* 1986: Best Female Video for "Slave to the Rhythm": Nomination
Q Music Award
* 2008: Idol award: Winner
In 1981, Jones slapped chat show host
Russell Hartyacross the face live on air after he turned to interview other guests. This topped a 2006 BBCpoll of the most shocking British TV chat show moments. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4637648.stm Jones slap tops TV chat show poll] , BBC News, 22 January 2006.]
In April 2005, Jones was accused of verbally abusing a
Eurostartrain manager in a quarrel over a ticket upgrade and either was escorted off the train or left of her own accord, later saying she was mistreated. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4416565.stm Grace Jones denies train fracas] , BBC News, 6 April 2005.]
In November 2006, Jones was criticized for her behavior at a Delta Airlines party. Witnesses claimed that, at one stage, she removed items of clothing, claiming to be "Queen Bitch Jungle Mother of Jew York". Her publicist later denied the claims as "ridiculous". [ [http://www.nypost.com/seven/11072006/gossip/pagesix/lacks_grace_pagesix_.htm LACKS GRACE] , New York Post,
7 November 2006.]
Jones dated both the Swedish bodybuilder/actor
Dolph Lundgrenand Danish bodybuilder/actor Sven-Ole Thorsenin the 1980s. In February 1996, Jones married a bodyguard named Atila Altaunbay, though they later divorced. She has a son named Paulo from her previous relationship with Jean-Paul Goude; Paulo is a member of French pop group La Gouache. As of 18 August 2006, she was engaged to music producer Ivor Guest, the 4th Viscount Wimborne, though the relationship with Lord Wimborne, 20 years her junior, was described as "on/off" in the British press.Fact|date=June 2008
Grace Jones Discography"
Gordon's War" (1973)
*"Let's Make a Dirty Movie" (1976)
*"Colt 38 Special Squad" (1976)
*"Army of Lovers or Revolution of the Perverts" (1979) (documentary)
*"Deadly Vengeance" (1981)
*"Made in France" (1984) (documentary)
Conan the Destroyer" (1984)
A View to a Kill" (1985)
*"Straight to Hell" (1987)
*"Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol" (1990) (documentary)
*"Cyber Bandits" (1995)
*"McCinsey's Island" (1998)
*"Palmer's Pick Up" (1999)
*"No Place Like Home" (2006)
*"Falco - Damn, We Still Live!" (2008)
*"Chelsea On The Rocks" (2008)
A One Man Show" (1982)
Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special" (1988)
Wolf Girl" (2001)
*"Shaka Zulu: The Citadel" (2001)
Appearances in popular culture
* Chicago electronic duo Microfilm [ [http://www.microfilmmusic.com microfilm ] ] mention Grace Jones in lyrics to their 2007 song "Paris". The lyrics "Tour Eiffel/You wear it well/Like Grace Jones/I think I fell...for you" refer to Jones' role in the Bond film "A View to a Kill", where her character parachutes off the
* On the reality TV series "
America's Next Top Model", cycle 2, the models dressed as famous celebrities for a photo shoot. Jones was one of them, modeled by Xiomara Frans.
Spitting Imageparodied Grace Jones in music video, portraying her as unsubtly post-modernist and pretentious ("In is a kind of out. Sure is a kind of doubt. Goldfish is a kind of trout. Garbage is what this song's about...")
* On the sketch comedy TV show "
In Living Color", Kim Wayansregularly parodied Grace Jones as an extremely physical enthusiast of any activity, whether it be fighting an alligator for her dinner or pro wrestling, while regularly asking "Do you find me sexy?".
* In the early 1980's, Jones appeared in an advertising campaign for
Honda's new line of motor scooters, which had become fashionable at the time. Jones persuades rock star Adam Ant(who, prior to the ad campaign, had never driven in his life) to try it. The commercial ends with Jones biting Ant on the ear, which was edited out for airings in the U.S., but was left intact when it aired overseas.
List of number-one dance hits (United States)
List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart
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NAME = Jones, Grace
ALTERNATIVE NAMES = Mendoza, Grace
SHORT DESCRIPTION = Jamaican American singer, model
DATE OF BIRTH =
May 19, 1948
PLACE OF BIRTH =
Spanish Town, Jamaica
DATE OF DEATH =
PLACE OF DEATH =
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