Written by Mike Orie of TheConsciousTip.com
Sharon Jones, singer/songwriter and front-woman of the band Dap-Kings passed away last night at the age of 60. In a Facebook post last night, the Dap-Kings shared the news in a heartfelt post.
"We are deeply saddened to announce Sharon Jones passed away today after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings.
Thank you for your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time."
Jones was first diagnosed with stage two pancreatic cancer in 2013. Her gallbladder, the head of her pancreas and 18 inches of her intestine would be removed shortly after.
In 2014, Jones was nominated for her first Grammy, 'Best R&B Album' for "Give The People What They Want." Jones had a relatively late start in her career, releasing her first record "Damn It's Hot" at the age of 40. In 2002 she would go on to release her debut album “Dap Dippin’ With Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.” Earlier this year, a documentary titled Miss Sharon Jones! was released.
After news surfaced of Jones passing away, celebrities such as Questlove, Chaka Khan and Leon Rogers remembered her legacy.
— Chaka Khan (@ChakaKhan) November 19, 2016
The fabulous Sharon Jones has passed tonight she &; her band The DapKings made great music together & she sang her butt off. Condolences RIP— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) November 19, 2016
— ledisi (@ledisi) November 19, 2016
— Estelle (@EstelleDarlings) November 19, 2016
— Zaheer Ali (@zaheerali) November 19, 2016
Rest In Peace to the beautiful black queen Sharon Jones pic.twitter.com/SUftVhDSYt— Leon Bridges (@leonbridges) November 19, 2016
— The Dap-Kings (@The_DapKings) November 19, 2016
Mike "Orie" Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website www.theconscioustip.com. In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie