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