Model, musician, actress, pioneer, rebel and general bad a**, Grace Jones has been an unabashed provocateur and innovator for decades. If you’re unfamiliar with the Jamaican-born free spirit and her body of work, I highly recommend that you do some research and soak up all the flamboyant greatness that is Beverly Grace Jones.
Those that know me know that I am a huge lover of music, it’s an integral part of my creative process and makes me more productive. I have an eclectic library that includes The Eagles, Bob James, George Benson, David Bowie, Sylvester, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix. Rahsaan Patterson, Bob Marley, Jay-Z, Tom Petty, Prince, Michael Jackson, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, George Michael, Mos Def… the list goes on and on. Out all these artists, musically, Prince is my absolute favorite; however, culturally, Grace Jones is my secret spirit animal. She embodies all things I adore: music, art, fashion and eccentricity.
During her rise to stardom in the 80s, Jones garnered considerable success in the film, music and fashion industries–becoming a cultural icon and tastemaker. Her influence still endures, as she continues to be a muse some fifty years after her career first began.
Grace Jones is the original Madonna, she is the original Lady Gaga, and the original Rihanna. Breaking through the boundaries of stereotypical feminine norms, she paved the way for these entertainers with her bravado, fearlessness, and unapologetic outspokenness. Jones’ unbridled creative expression and close relationships with iconic artists I admire like Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Jean-Paul Goude, make her one of my favorites; a creative force to be revered, with a voice every bit as unique as her stage presence.
If you haven’t listened to any of Grace’s music or seen any of her performances, you’re in for a treat. Here are a few of my favorites, enjoy as you make it through hump-day.