It’s a triumphant story to say the least. Sharon Jones’ latest album, Give The People What They Want, was originally scheduled to release last summer; yet, after a shocking diagnosis of stage-two pancreatic cancer, Jones regretfully postponed all plans of recording or performing her new material. For fans, this put into the question what the future meant for Sharon Jones, known for her exuberant energy, live and on record.
The update? Jones finished her last round of chemotherapy this past New Year’s Eve. Most would think the road to recovery should be slow, yet to Sharon Jones, music is therapy. Jones doesn’t believe in hiding and shying away during the healing process, her latest “Stranger To My Happiness” video showcases Jones void of hair, yet as energetic and lively as if cancer never happened.
“I didn’t think I was going to be here,” Jones cited how she felt post-diagnosis in an interview with SPIN. “I thought that Give the People What They Want was going to be the album that people would buy, but not see me perform. I thought these songs would never be performed by me. I thought I was going to die. I knew it.” Yet from our first listen to the album, cancer just seemed like a small bump in the road for Sharon Jones. She’s doing exactly what her album is set out to do: triumphantly coming back and giving the people what they want.
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings will be here with Valerie June on February 27th. The energy will echo the house and Sharon Jones? She’s still got it.