Actress, singer and the original supermodel, Grace Jones was 25 when she signed with Island Records in 1977. Born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in the US, she had already become an icon of New York’s late 70s disco underground.
The three albums that followed - Portfolio (1977), Fame (1978) and Muse (1979) - established her as the irrefutable queen of the gay and European disco scenes. Then in the early 80s she scored hits with the delicious Sly & Robbie collaborations ‘Pull Up to the Bumper', ‘Nightclubbing’ and ‘Demolition Man’ from the albums Warm Leatherette (1980) and Nightclubbing (1981). She also became increasingly known for her irrepressible chat show host-beating, Bond-kicking stage persona as much as her music.
Jones recorded ‘Slave To The Rhythm’ for ZTT with Trevor Horn in 1985. A hit single across Europe and the US, it was co-written by Horn and Bruce Woolley originally for Frankie Goes To Hollywood. But Jones made the track all her own, telling her life story through its verses and the resulting album.
For the Slave To The Rhythm (1985) album, again on ZTT, Horn and his team remixed, re-edited and resampled the track, pulling it into a million pieces and throwing them back together in a myriad of new formations to create an entire album from just one song.
Grace Jones worked again with Horn and ZTT in the early 90s on ‘Let Joy and Innocence Prevail’ a song for the soundtrack to Barry Levinsohn’s Toys (1992). Two recent compilations, Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions (1998) and Island Life, Vol. 2 (2002) pull together the early Grace Jones story as well as bringing her history up to date. In 2008 she released the album “Hurricane” - her first full-length outing in 19 years.
Slave To The Rhythm