Sharon Jones, a longtime soul vocalist with her backup band the Dap-Kings died today at 60. She had been diagnosed with stage two pancreatic cancer in 2013, the cancer went into remission after treatment then returned affecting several organs in her body in 2015. Even though she had cancer she proclaimed “I have cancer, cancer don’t have me” as she continued to perform with fire and energy. Ironicall, there is a new documentary “Miss Sharon Jones” where she candidly describes her medical struggles.
Jones could not secure a label deal for several decades but continued her lifelong dream of being a singer by singing backup and at weddings. She then retired from the music industry for a few years and returned in 2002 with her backup band The Dap-Kings to release an independent project “Dap Dipping.” Jones was well loved and a favorite on many music circuits including SXSW. No word on services as of yet.