Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are back

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings performing at Rock the Garden 2010.
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings performing at Rock the Garden 2010. (MPR photo / Eamon Coyne)

This past spring, Daptone Records had just announced a planned August release of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' Give the People What They Want when Sharon Jones was diagnosed with cancer. The scheduled release and supporting tours were immediately put on hold and all efforts were quickly shifted to Jones's treatment and recovery.

According to Jones's label, Daptone Records, Jones had a successful operation and has received ongoing treatment as well as the "continued support and love of friends, family, and fans."

And now, Sharon Jones — who gave an unforgettable performance at Rock the Garden 2010 — is back.

Her much-anticipated album, Give the People What They Want, is scheduled for release on Jan. 14, 2014.

The first single off the new album is "Retreat!", which you may have heard on The Current several months ago. The song features the soulful hallmarks that define the band's sound. Today's news brings an animated production directed by Lizzi Akana. Watch it here:

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will return to the stage on Feb. 6, at the Beacon Theater in New York City.

"The entire Daptone Family is overjoyed and inspired to see Sharon's recovery," says the band's bassist and bandleader Bosco Mann. "Without a doubt, this album is the greatest thing we've ever recorded and I've been anxious for the world to hear it. Everything will culminate in February at the Beacon. That moment when Sharon walks out to join us on stage again is going to be insane."

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