Ebony Bones

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Ebony Bones
Ebony Bones by Kris Krug.jpg
Background information
Birth name Ebony Thomas
Also known as Ebony Bones!
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer and actress
Years active 2009–present (singing)
Labels PIAS

Ebony Bones born Ebony Thomas is a British-Caribbean singer-songwriter, producer and musician. As one of the few female artists self producing, her musical style is eclectic and often blends elements of post-punk, Afrobeat, art rock, classical, new-wave and electronic. Named by her original drummer Rat Scabies, of legendary punk outfit The Damned, her debut album Bone of My Bones was released to positive reviews in 2009. Traveling to India to produce her second album, Behold, A Pale Horse was released in September 2013, to critical acclaim.

Featuring The Symphony Orchestra of India and a cover of The Smiths featuring The New London Children's Choir, Behold A Pale Horse, has received praise from publications such as The Independent, Spin, Vogue, New York Times, Le Monde, Ebony, The New Zealand Herald as well as rapper Jay-Z, with Artforum international magazine naming Behold A Pale Horse as the best album of 2013. Designer Alexander Wang used Behold, A Pale Horse by Bones as the soundtrack to debut his 2014 collection at New York Fashion Week. With her renowned vivacious and theatrical live shows, NPR described the British-Caribbean producer as follows "Whether on stage or in the studio, Ebony Bones is set to be a major player for years to come...."

Acting career[edit]

Attending London's Sylvia Young Theatre School alongside classmate Amy Winehouse, it is known that Ebony began her career at the age of 12, when she was spotted by BAFTA award winning actor and artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Mark Rylance, for his production of Macbeth also starring actress Jane Horrocks. Nominated for The British Soap Awards in 2004 and 2005 for playing the role of Yasmin Green on the Channel 5 TV drama Family Affairs, she was one of the programme's youngest and longest-serving cast members.[citation needed]

Music career[edit]

Known for her on-stage antics and theatrical costumes, she opened for Cee Lo Green's 2011 Tour across the UK and Europe. Beginning as a self-taught musician performing under the stage name 'Ebony Bones!', given to her by her original live drummer Rat Scabies of The Damned, she anonymously uploaded music onto a blank Myspace page. Writing and producing her own material, "We Know All About U", depicting an Orwellian society, made its radio début as "The Hottest Record In The World Today" as well as "Single Of The Week" on BBC Radio 1 by DJ Zane Lowe, also receiving daytime play from Jo Whiley, becoming Radio 1's most played single by an unsigned artist. Her début album Bone of My Bones was released in 2009 featuring W.A.R.R.I.O.R and Guess We'll Always Have NY, later used for campaigns by Yves Saint Laurent, EA Sports FIFA 2011 soundtrack, and a controversial Citroën car commercial featuring John Lennon, which was later banned in parts of Europe.

Photographed for The New York Times by Jean-Baptiste Mondino and appearing in publications such as Rolling Stone, Vogue, NME, Q, The Guardian, The Observer, i-D, and Entertainment Weekly, she has also been on the covers of French cultural magazine Télérama three times, Tsugi, Japan's Eyescream, as well as German music magazine De:Bug.

In 2010 she was requested to perform live at the Shanghai World Trade Show Expo 2010, Central Park SummerStage in New York, and The Grand Palais in Paris for SFR live concerts. In the summer of 2011 Ebony Bones also debuted new material from her sophomore album at The Cannes Film Festival and T-Mobile International Film Festival.

In 2013, Bones released her second album Behold, A Pale Horse.

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