Sharon Jones postpones album, tour after cancer diagnosis

Sharon Jones has postponed an upcoming album and tour after being diagnosed with cancer.
(Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

Sharon Jones has postponed her tour and upcoming album after being diagnosed with Stage 1 bile duct cancer, the singer announced Monday.

According to a release issued by Jones’ representatives, her illness was discovered early and has not spread, but requires surgery. “It is expected that the immediate proposed surgical solution will lead to a full recovery, but because of its invasive and complex nature, will necessitate a rather lengthy convalescence,” the statement read.


The 57-year-old soul singer issued an upbeat response, saying she is already looking forward to getting back on the road with her band, the Dap-Kings.

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“Over the last few weeks I haven’t felt good and I didn’t know what was going on. We sadly had to cancel shows while I went through a series of tests and short hospital stays. We just found out that I have a stage-one tumor on my bile duct. Luckily we caught it really early and fast and the doctors say it’s operable and curable!

“I will be having surgery very soon and will have to rest and recover. I’ll be staying in touch and keeping my fans and friends updated on my progress. I’m looking forward to getting back on the road to give the people what they want!”


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Jones’ illness forced the singer to cancel the release of a new album as well as a string of dates and festival appearances. The group’s sixth album, “Give the People What They Want,” was originally set for release Aug. 6.


Revered for her powerhouse vocals and fiery live showings, Jones and the Dap-Kings helped usher in a movement of soul-funk revivalists and won acclaim for backing Amy Winehouse on her heralded 2006 breakout album, “Back to Black.” Jones and the Dap-Kings’ first album was released in 2002.

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