Thesis: Through disco music and abnormal appearance, Grace jones catalyzed the notions of undefined gender norms, queer identity, and open sexuality.
Disco was a new sound that largely placed emphasis on the expression of individuality. It is a style of music that was popularized in the 1970s with a sound that is noted by four-on-the-floor beats, synthesizers, and electric instruments.
Grace Jones was born in 1948 in Spanish Town, Jamaica. She is a noted model, actress, record producer, songwriter, and singer. Her musical career began when she was signed by Island Record and began working with disco record producer, Tom Moulton. Jones’s music identified her as a progressive musician, allowing for the voices of the queer community to be heard through her appearance and lyricism.
Jones began her musical career as a disco artist. In the late 70’s she produced her first 3 albums, Portfolio, Fame, and Disco. Jones’ discography is very extensive, outbranching to genres beyond disco, but noteworthy songs from this genre include “Do or Die,” “Pride,” “Fame,” “What I Did for Love,” and “Suffer.”
Jones is the epitome of self expression. Her provocative lyrics became a sense of expression for open sensuality and sexuality. Her tall stature and masculine look influenced cross dressing and gave way for the queer community to publicly express themselves. Future artists such as Lady Gaga and Beyoncé’s persona and lyrics are surrounded by the progressiveness of Jones’s messages.