Sharon Jones, the vocalist of soul and funk revival band Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings has passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings.
Jones was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and following surgery and treatment the singer was back to touring with the band by fall of that year. Her cancer returned a year ago, almost two years after the release of the band’s album Give the People What They Want.
Jones was born in North Augusta, South Carolina and moved to New York with her family and grew up in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Before the release of her 2002 debut, Dap Dippin’ with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Jones worked as a corrections officer at Rikers Island and spent time as wedding singer. In ’96, Jones met Gabriel Roth, the Dap-Kings’ bassist and Daptone Records co-founder at a recording session, and was asked to join the band as it’s lead singer. She’s spent her entire career working with Daptone Records and helped build the label’s studio in Bushwick.
Jones was the subject of a recent documentary, Miss Sharon Jones!, chronicling her first battle with cancer as well as her relationship with the Dap-Kings.
Sharon Jones was 60. Watch her and her King’s 100 Days, 100 Nights.