Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are synonymous with the kind of soul revival music that has helped make Brooklyn the capital of cool and put vinyl back into rotation. Jones joined the Soul Sisters podcast at the Chord Club in New York to promote an upcoming documentary of which she is the subject, called Miss Sharon Jones! The film chronicles the roller-coaster year of 2013, when Jones was preparing to release her new album Give The People What They Want but was hit with a cancer diagnosis that put her career — and her life — in serious peril. Miss Sharon Jones! captures her journey, both riveting and wrenching, as she battles her illness in the face of what could be the biggest moment of her career.
In this episode, Jones — oft-referred to as the “female James Brown” — tells us how she made a life out of music, even when she didn’t put out her own album until the age of 40. And, despite a recent and aggressive return of cancer, she’s vowed to keep at it for as long as she’s able.
“Right now I’m just trying to keep going and keep my fans out there,” she says. “You take as much as you can, and I’m not ready to give up yet.”
Listen to the full episode below, hosted by Jessie Katz and Darah Golub, and be sure to subscribe to our iTunes channel for all future episodes.