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From Cancer to the Grammy’s in 2015

A Look Back At A Year In The Life Of

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

From Cancer to the Grammy’s in 2015

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It’s been over a year of peaks and valleys for Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. In early May of 2013, while preparing for anOctober release of Give the People What They Want, Sharon Jones, the 57-year-old singer of the band, was unexpectedly diagnosed with a precancerous tumor that needed to be removed. Album release plans were immediately shelved and in June 2013 Sharon underwent a massive surgery called a “Whipple Procedure”. Post-surgery, Sharon’s diagnosis was revised to Stage 2 Pancreatic cancer and a six month course of chemotherapy was prescribed.

Throughout this experience, Sharon stayed strong by communicating with her fans, family and friends remaining focused on the release of her next album. While still undergoing chemotherapy, Sharon and her Dap-Kings performed on a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, filmed a music video and began to rehearse for upcoming tour dates.

On New Year’s Eve 2013, Sharon underwent her final chemo treatment and all signs pointed to a full recovery. Those words couldn’t come soon enough; Sharon was tired of convalescing and needed to get back to the stage where her boundless energy thrives.

On Jan 14, 2014 Give The People What They Want was released. On January 22nd, 2014 Sharon was declaredcancer free and her chemo port removed.

Throughout this point in time, she would attend to a heavy promo schedule and move forward with a fabulous year filled with accomplishments, love and mostly a new appreciation for life

Here’s a look back at the year Sharon Jones fought to have and how it culminated on December 5th, with a Grammy Nomination for Best R&B Album - her first ever at the age of 59.


May - Diagnosed with Cancer. Album release plans postponed

June - Seven hour operation called a Whipple Procedure is performed

July - Six months of Chemotherapy begins

November – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

November & December – With outlook positive, Sharon does promo while she convalesces


January 9 – Sharon Jones sits in with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

January 10 – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

January 13 – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Perform on KCRW’s MorningBecomes Eclectic

January 14 – GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT is Released!

January 14 – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

January 16 – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Perform on CONAN

January 17 – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

January 19 – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Perform on CBS This Morning - Saturday

January 22 – Treatment port removed, Final scans performed, Prognosis: CancerFree!

February 1st - Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are the House Band for the NFL Honors ceremony – broadcast live on FOX

February 6 – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings return to the stage at a SOLD OUT Beacon Theater - Sharon’s first public performance since March, 2013

February & March – Four Week Tour of the United States

March 24 – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

March 26 - Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Perform on The Queen Latifah Show

March & April – Four Week North American Tour

May 4 – Sharon celebrates her 58th Birthday in London

May – Four Week European Tour that includes TV Appearances in the United Kingdom, Holland and Germany

June – Two Week North American Tour

July – Four Week European and US Tour

August – Hollywood Bowl with John Legend, other US Dates

September – Three Week Australia/New Zealand Tour

October 6 – Sharon sings the National Anthem in Maryland at NFL Monday Night Football game between the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins

October & November – Five Week European Tour that includes Television appearances in Belgium and Italy

November – Cole Haan Holiday campaign featuring Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings launches

December 2 – Sharon Bartends for Andy Cohen on Bravo’s WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE

December 4-6 – Headlines three SOLD OUT nights at the Apollo

December 5 – NOMINATED FOR FIRST GRAMMY for R&B Album of the Year

December 7 – Sings national anthem and performs during halftime at New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden

December 30 & 31 – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings finish the year with two performances at The Fillmore in San Francisco

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