Sharon Jones Vows To Return To The Stage Despite Cancer Diagnosis
Sharon Jones says she will return to the stage after her surgery and recovery.
Sharon Jones, the legendary soul-funk singer with the Dap-Kings, has postponed the release of her new album after she was diagnosed with bile duct cancer. According to statement circulated this week, Jones had planned to release Give The People What They Want on August 6, 2013, though scrapped the schedule due to Jones' surgery and recovery.
"Over the last few weeks I haven't felt good and I didn't know what was going on. We sadly had to cancel shows while I went through a series of tests and short hospital stays," Jones said in a statement. "We just found out that I have a stage-one tumor on my bile duct. Luckily we caught it really early and fast and the doctors say it's operable and curable!" There's currently no word on a revised release date for Jones' sixth album though the singer is eager to return to the stage as soon as possible. "I will be having surgery very soon and will have to rest and recover. I'll be staying in touch and keeping my fans and friends updated on my progress," Jones said. "I'm looking forward to getting back on the road to give the people what they want!"
Georgia-born New Yorker Jones is credited with reviving the soul-funk movement following its peak in the late 1960s to mid-1970s. The singer experienced breakthrough success late in her career, releasing her first record with the Dap Kings, Dap Dippin' with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, in 2002.
Sharon Jones Performing With The Dap-Kings In 2011