July 26, 2009 |
As Grace Jones tells the story, a certain pop-singer friend once asked how she managed to get out from under her strict, religious Jamaican American family years ago, setting herself on the path to becoming a singer, actor and fashion fetish-object. "You know, Michael," Jones told Michael Jackson, "I just did it." And how. To paraphrase the title of one of her albums, Jones, now 61, has always been determined to keep living her life.
June 21, 2009 |
Adele can't contain herself. Nothing new there. The hot young British soul singer is, by her own account, "pretty mouthy." But learning that she will share the bill with her idol, Etta James, at the Hollywood Bowl next Sunday has sent her over the moon. "It blew my mind," she gushes on the phone from London. "She's the reason I started. The first time I heard her voice, it sucked me in. Made me believe, and made me cry."
August 8, 1998 |
Grace Jones was one of the most exotic--and misunderstood--figures in '80s pop, someone whose image was tied almost exclusively to disco, but whose best musical instincts were far more adventurous than the standard dance floor formula. A new two-disc retrospective from Island Records showcases Jones' most rewarding work. *** 1/2 Grace Jones, "Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions," Island.
April 29, 1997 |
As the wait grew longer for nightclub diva Grace Jones to appear at the House of Blues on Sunday, a roiling sea of dancers lapped impatiently against the stage, tugging at the patchwork curtain while vintage house and disco grooves pounded on and on. Jones was the musical guest at promoter Jeffrey Sanker's two-year anniversary party for his monthly gay dance nights at the Sunset Strip club and, like a proper diva, she kept everyone waiting as long as possible.
November 18, 1991 |
Film It: The casting for Eddie Murphy's new film for Paramount, "Boomerang," is now complete. Robin Givens, Grace Jones, Eartha Kitt and Geoffrey Holder join Murphy on location in New York City where the film has begun principal photography. Murphy plays a Casanova who falls in love with the one woman who rejects him.
February 11, 1990 |
Cut. "Grace, do the next take with the tongues in the mouth." Director Greg Gorman is anxiously calling up from behind his poolside camera to the sunny deck where a showily passionate tete-a-tete between singer Grace Jones and her burly beau is taking place. These kissing shots for her current "Love on Top of Love" video have been going on for some minutes now, and so far, it seems safe to assume that the "killer kiss" referred to in the lyrics is French in origin.