Grace Jones (born 19.5.1948) Grace Jones is a Jamaican / American singer, as well as an actress and a model.
Childhood: Grace Jones was born in Jamaica. Her mother was Marjorie Jones and her father, Robert Jones, was a politician and a member of the clergy for the Apostolic faith.
In 1965, Marjorie and Robert moved to New York with their two children, Grace and Randy. Grace studied theatre at Onondaga Community College and then became a model, working mainly in New York and Paris.
Music Career: In 1977, Grace Jones signed to Island Records. Her debut album, Portfolio was released the same year and included the singles 'Sorry' and 'I Need a Man'. The following year, she released Fame, and released the singles 'Fame', 'Am I Ever Gonna Fall In Love In New York City' and 'Do Or Die'. Grace Jones' third album was entitled Muse and was released in 1979. It was the third album on which Jones worked with disco producer Tom Moulter and it spawned the singles 'I'll Find My Way To You' and 'On Your Knees'.
Andy Warhol adopted Grace Jones as his artistic muse and the pair were often spotted together at the infamous New York nightclub, Studio 54.
Grace Jones began to move away from her original disco-pop sound and began to take influence from the New Wave music that was emerging from the New York underground scene. In 1980, Jones released the Warm Leatherette album, working with Alex Sadkin and Chris Blackwell on production duties. This was followed by Nightclubbing, on which she continued her trend of re-working songs by artists such as Iggy Pop, Roxy Music, Tom Petty and The Pretenders.
To coincide with this shift in musical direction, Jones also changed her image to a more androgynous look, with a severe, angular haircut and sharp-cut outfits. In 1985, Grace Jones released her iconic album Slave to the Rhythm on ZTT Records. From this album, Jones released the singles 'Slave to the Rhythm' and 'Jones The Rhythm'.
Jones continued to collaborate with Sadkin on her next album Living My Life, which carried a heavy dub and reggae influence. In 1989, Jones released Bulletproof Heart, which contained the single 'Love on Top of Love'.
Grace Jones contributed vocals to the huge Arcadia hit, 'Election Day' is 1985.
Jones was always keen to add visual spectacle to her live shows. In 1985, the artist Keith Haring painted her body with tribal designs and designed her a wire suit of armour to wear. It has been reported that Grace Jones is a musical influence on modern day acts such as Santogold and TV on the Radio.
In 2002, Grace Jones and Luciano Pavarotti performed together in Italy, for a fundraising concert for the United Nations.
2006 saw the release of a 3-CD retrospective of Grace Jones' musical output, entitled The Ultimate Collection.
During 2007, Grace Jones worked with Ivor Guest on her album Corporate Cannibal, which was then released in 2008. The album featured contributions from a number of artists, such as Sly & Robbie, Tricky and Brian Eno. That year, she performed as a part of London's Meltdown festival, which was curated by Massive Attack.
Film Career: Grace Jones has appeared in a number of mainstream movies, including 1973's Gordon's War and 1984's Conan the Destroyer - which also featured Arnold Schwarzenegger. Then, in 1986, she starred in Vamp, a vampire movie. In 1992, Jones played an eccentric supermodel named Helen Strange in Eddie Murphy's Boomerang.
Reputation: In 1981, Grace Jones shocked TV audiences when she slapped the chat show host, Russell Harty across the face when she felt that he was ignoring her.
Personal Life: In the 1980s, Grace Jones dated two Scandinavian bodybuilder / actors. The first was Dolph Lundgren and the second was Sven-Ole Thorsen.
Grace then married Chris Stanley in 1989 but they divorced the next year.
Six years later, Jones married a Belgian named Atila Altaunbay.
Grace has a son, Paulo, from a previous relationship with Jean-Paul Goude.
More recently, Jones became engaged to the music producer Ivor Guest but the relationship is reported to have been called off.
She hit out at Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Lady Gaga in an excerpt of her new autobiography in Time Out.
Grace Jones has unleashed a tirade of criticism at all manner of modern pop stars, from Minaj to Miley, by describing them as “middle of the stream” and lamenting the current state of the music industry, in her new autobiography.
‘I’ll Never Write My Memoirs’ is released on September 29th, but as a taster she has published a few excerpts from the new book via Time Out. In one of them, Jones complains that a whole host of pop stars have copied her style but have no “long-term vision”, coming off as unoriginal and therefore easily replaceable.
“Trends come along and people say, ‘follow that trend’,” she writes. “There’s a lot of that around at the moment: 'Be like Sasha Fierce. Be like Miley Cyrus. Be like Rihanna. Be like Lady GaGa. Be like Rita Ora and Sia. Be like Madonna.’ I cannot be like them – except to the extent that they are already being like me.”
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Label retrospectives are not without a degree of risk: it's easy for compilers to fall into the self-indulgent trap of looking after your pet projects, with the line by extension between vanity exercise and faithful cataloguing dangerously a thin one.
The guys at Wall of Sound will probably feel that they're worth it. Twenty years after their first and fondly remembered compilation 'Give 'Em Enough Dope', they're back to celebrate their 21st in business with a two disk, thirty-odd song opus, the idea to map the imprint's evolution from big beat boutique to its later, more cosmopolitan artist roster.
They've got the sense to start with two stone cold killers as well; it's been donkey's years since we heard the Propellerheads' 'Take California' or Royksopp's 'Poor Leno', but we're happy to report that both are still headphone gold. There are also selections from the respective acts at their peak, which is less than can be said, however, for some of the other choices strewn across the first disk. The problem here isn't a lack of the quality in the contributors - we've got stuff from the likes of Zoot Woman, The Bees and Les Rythmes Digitales - but they've all produced better material than that featured here, a point best illustrated via The Bees on the jazzy, underwhelming scat of 'A Minha Menina'.
More acts have been announced for the Wales festival.
All headliners for Wales' Festival No. 6 have now been announced, with Metronomy now heading the bill with Grace Jones and Belle & Sebastian. Further new acts have also been added to the line-up, while many more acts are yet to be announced.
British electronic collective Metronomy head the bill with Jamaican crooner Grace Jones and Glasgow pop group Belle & Sebastian as a host of other new bands are added to the festival line-up. The fourth instalment of this uniquely cultured festival is set to hit Portmeirion from September 3rd to 6th, bringing with it some fine artists such as Catfish & The Bottlemen, Jame Bay, Stornoway and Blossoms to name but a few.
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Date of birth
19th May, 1948