Sharon Jones, a powerful soul and funk singer and lead vocalist of the Dap-Kings, passed away Friday, November 18 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jones died in hospital in Cooperstown, New York, surrounded by loved ones and her bandmates.
Positive Energy And An Unbreakable Spirit
Sharon Jones was known for the positivity and radiant energy she exhibited while performing. Jones was initially diagnosed with cancer in 2013. She went into remission, until the cancer unfortunately returned in 2015. She continued singing live throughout much of her cancer treatment, even when it began restricted her movement. Her strength and undying love for her music inspired countless fans. Jones’ story of her struggles with cancer and fierce return to the stage was told earlier this year in the documentary entitled “Miss Sharon Jones!”.
Sharon Jones became a soul singing sensation late in life, when she found fame in her 40s. Jones tried to break into the music scene for several decades before the successful release of her first single “Damn, It’s Hot!” in 1996. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings released their first of 7 albums, Dap Dippin’ with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, in 2002. Jones’ soulful voice touched many people’s hearts, to the extent that she was sometimes referred to as the female James Brown. Additionally, her exhilarating live performances and exceptional stage presence captivated audiences everywhere.
Beloved By Many
After a heroic return to the stage and the music scene following her initial battle with cancer, Sharon Jones was nominated for a Grammy in 2014 for her album Give The People What They Want. In her two decades of stardom, Jones performed and collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, including Lou Reed, Michael Bublé, Phish, and David Byrne. She inspired countless artists and audiences alike, and her powerful presence and contributions to music will not soon be forgotten.
Thank you, Sharon Jones, for your inspiration, music, and energy!