Postponed album "Give the People What They Want" will drop Jan. 14, as Jones' condition improves
There's good news to report regarding Sharon Jones, the vocalist of the Brooklyn-based soul ensemble the Dap-Kings, who was diagnosed with stage-one bile-duct cancer in June. According to a press release, Jones is "doing much better" and the band plans to release its postponed album "Give the People What They Want" Jan. 14 via Daptone.
Jones and the Dap-Kings also announced plans for a return to the stage, as they're set to play New York's Beacon Theater Feb. 6.
Below, check out the new animated video for the album's soul-stomper, "Retreat":
Last month, Jones announced she was recovering in upstate New York following a successful surgery in June to remove the cancer. In August, she began a six-month regimen of chemotherapy.
“The entire Daptone Family is overjoyed and inspired to see Sharon’s recovery,” says the band’s bassist and bandleader Bosco Mann, via a news post on the band's official site. “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.”
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings have released four full lengths together, all through Daptone Records, and most recently in 2010 with "I Learned the Hard Way." They're also accomplished session musicians, having served as the backing band for a number of tracks on Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" album, including "Rehab."