Grace Jones

KITE Stage   Saturday  

If you were asked to picture a cultural icon, the image of Grace Jones’ album cover for Island Life is probably one of the first things that would come to mind. There are few artists that can claim to have had more influence over popular culture in the last fifty years than she has. She was at the heart of the 20th century New York artistic community working with the likes of Andy Warhol and Jean-Paul Goode. Her musical roots in the New York disco scene of the 1970s have allowed her to become an artist who transcends genre and art-form to become synonymous with the word “cool.”

Born in Jamaica before relocating to Syracuse, New York, with her family, Grace Jones embarked on a successful career as a model in New York City and Paris before becoming a major recording artist. Jones is equally famous for her blockbuster film appearances including Conan the Destroyer (1984) co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and A View to a Kill (1985) co-starring Roger Moore as James Bond.

The epitome of a renaissance woman, Grace Jones continues to break conventions and defy expectations after almost fifty years on the cutting edge of western culture.