Soul singer Sharon Jones dead at 60

The Dap-Kings singer died following a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer

Soul singer Sharon Jones dead at 60

Sharon Jones of Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings performs during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. | Image: Dave Martin AP/Press Association Image

Sharon Jones has died at the age of 60.

The vocalist of soul and funk revival band Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings passed away after a sustained battle with pancreatic cancer. According to a statement, she was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings.

Jones was initially diagnosed with cancer in 2013. Following treatment and surgery that year, she resumed touring with the Dap-Kings in the autumn. Her cancer returned in November 2015.

Born in North Augusta, South Carolina in 1956, Jones moved to New York with her family as a young child. She grew up in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. 

In 1996, Jones met Gabriel Roth, the Dap-Kings’ bassist and Daptone Records co-founder at a recording session, and was asked to join the band as it’s lead singer. She’s spent her entire career working with Daptone Records. In the 2000s, she helped build the label’s studio in Bushwick. 

Most recently, she was the subject of a documentary, Miss Sharon Jones!, chronicling her first battle with cancer and her relationship with the Dap-Kings. 

Musicians have paid tribute to the singer on Twitter.