For veteran soul singer Sharon Jones, 2013 was a year of frustration, fear and false starts: She'd just announced the summer release of her fifth album, Give the People What They Want, when she was diagnosed with cancer and had to put her career on hold. Tours were canceled, while the finished record had to be shelved until she'd recovered to where she was in a position to promote it. Anyone who's seen Jones live knows how much she pours into performing, so fans appeared to be in for a long wait.
All of which makes the arrival of Give the People What They Want — accompanied by a planned return to the stage in February — especially gratifying. Though it was recorded before Jones' initial diagnosis, it's hard not to hear special poignancy in the album's tone of defiance, as the singer dismisses old lovers ("Retreat!"), fake friends ("Now I See") and the idle rich ("People Don't Get What They Deserve") with stubborn assertiveness.
Set, as always, against The Dap-Kings' characteristically springy horns, Jones growls and struts through 10 timeless songs that couldn't sound better suited to the big stage. It's to her credit that the studio serves them, too, throughout an album that deftly and efficiently carries out the mission suggested by its title. She wasn't gone long, thank goodness, but it's so nice to have her back.
- Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Ain't No Chimneys In The Projects Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Ain't No Chimneys In The Projects, from the album "Soul Time."
- Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are back After a successful operation and ongoing treatment following a cancer diagnosis, Sharon Jones is back. She and The Dap-Kings have an album announcement and a video for the single "Retreat." Watch the video right here.
- Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings Cancel Album Release and Tour Dates citing Health Concerns In a statement on her website, Sharon Jones announced that she and the Dap Kings are postponing the release date of their forthcoming record 'Give the People What They Want' and remaining tour dates
- Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings perform in the Current studios New York's Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have been kicking out impeccable, James Brown-esque throwback funk and soul for nearly a decade.
- Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings perform in studio Having been born in Augusta, Georgia, the same town as the legendary James Brown, it should be no suprise that she's known to many as the "Queen of Funk." Sharon Jones brought the Daptones Record house band, the Dap Kings, into the Current studios to perform two songs.
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