Sharon Jones spent most of her life outside the spotlight but in the 2000s, with her band Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, released a string of increasingly popular albums including 2005’s Naturally, 2007’s 100 Days, 100 Nights and 2010’s I Learned the Hard Way. Her 2012 album Give the People What They Want garnered a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album.
In 2013, Jones was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which she fought until her passing yesterday. Jones died peacefully surrounded by loved ones, including her band “The Dap Kings”.
Jones was born in 1956 in Augusta, Georgia and spent her career based in Brooklyn, New York creating incredible soul music. Jones is known for her intoxicating and energetic live performance that belied her age and garnered comparisons to James Brown.