Funk and Soul Singer Sharon Jones Dies at 60
Sharon Jones, lead singer of soul and funk band Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings passed away Friday night (Nov. 18, 2016) at the age of 60 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, according to Us Weekly.
Jones’s representative released a statement saying, “We are deeply saddened to announce that Sharon Jones has passed away after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings.”
Instead of flowers, the representative asked fans and well wishers to donate to cancer charities and a music education program.
Jones spent years as a backup singer, working a number of odd jobs, including a stint as a prison guard, before releasing her first record at age 40. Her powerful voice propelled her to success and in 2014, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings received their first Grammy nomination for their sixth album, Give the People What They Want.
Stream their Grammy-nominated album below on Spotify.