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Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

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  • Born: Augusta, GA
  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s
  • Website: http://sharonjonesandthedapkings.com/
  • Recent Activity: 12.19.14 RT @Antibalas: Congratulations to @SharonJones and the @Dap_Kings for their Grammy nomination for their latest album on @DaptoneRecords . #…
  • Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

  • Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

  • Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

  • Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

By the sound of them, you would think Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings started making funk-threaded soul music together in the 1960s. Few devotedly retro acts are as convincing. Few singers as skilled as Sharon Jones at stuffing notes with ache and meaning might be willing to invest in a sound so fully occupied by the likes of Bettye LaVette and Tina Turner in the Ike years, too. But what Jones brings to the funkified table has legs of its own -- eight of them, to be exact -- and they belong to Binky Griptite, Bugaloo Velez, Homer Steinweiss, and Dave Guy -- her Dap-Kings.

Jones, like James Brown, was born in Augusta, Georgia; there she sang in her church choir, and from fellow parishioners picked up the kind of back-patting she needed to convince her to go mainstream. As a teenager, she moved with her family to Brooklyn, where she immersed herself in 1970s disco and funk with an eye toward cutting a record of her own. Instead, studios came calling and with them steady work -- by her twenties, Jones was turning in backup vocals for gospel, soul, disco, and blues artists, most of it uncredited. In the '80s, however, Jones' sound was deemed unfashionable, and instead of pushing ahead with her soul diva's dream she went back to church singing. She also took a job as a corrections officer at New York's Rikers Island.

It wouldn't be until 1996 that Desco Records would rediscover Jones' sweat-basted, lived-in talent. With that label's house band, the Soul Providers, Jones released several singles in the late '90s; their warmth and genuineness propelled the act across the Atlantic, and Jones picked up a moniker -- the queen of funk -- that stuck. Jones released her first full-length with the Dap-Kings, Dap Dippin' with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, after signing with Daptone Records in 2002. Years of touring behind it, as well as cutting singles with other artists (including Greyboy) ensued. In 2005, Jones re-teamed with the Dap-Kings for the winking groovefest that is Naturally, following it up two years later with 100 Days, 100 Nights. Jones also had a bit part The Great Debaters as the singer Lila. A new studio effort, I Learned the Hard Way, appeared in 2010.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
12.30.14 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA US
12.31.14 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA US
02.07.15 Bell Auditorium Augusta, GA US
02.13.15 Merriam Theatre Philadelphia, PA US

eMusic Features

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Sharon Jones is Gonna Be Just Fine

By Amanda Petrusich, Contributor

Sharon Jones paws through her handbag and emerges with a pocket-sized, navy-blue vaporizer that vaguely resembles an up-market ballpoint pen — the kind a mid-level executive might get as a retirement gift. "Amanda, look, no smell," she says, taking a tiny puff. I mumble that I'm vaguely familiar with the technology. What I fail to tell her is that I do not possess the balls to smoke weed in the middle of a half-empty pub… more »

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Activity

  • 12.19.14 RT @Antibalas: Congratulations to @SharonJones and the @Dap_Kings for their Grammy nomination for their latest album on @DaptoneRecords . #…
  • 12.19.14 RT @breezey1211: Just ordered 2 @sharonjones and the Dap Kings tshirts for myself for Christmas! 🎄🎅 Love you Sharon! #givethepeoplewhatthey…
  • 12.19.14 RT @Joannawalters13: That is the sweetest: @sharonjones and @The_DapKings first grammy nom. Merry Christmas, Sharon, a chimney for you, and…
  • 12.19.14 RT @MNen0: 45s on the turntable tonight: The Temptations, Hot Chocolate, Johnny Cash, Pezzettino, @theflaminglips , @sharonjones , Carole K…
  • 12.19.14 RT @rootsmusreport: The album Give the People What They Want by Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings is #1 on the RMR Soul chart @sharonjones htt…
  • 12.19.14 RT @RRProducer: Congrats! MT“@Bernhoft: Honored to be in your company @aloeblacc @tonibraxton & @KennyEdmonds, @robertglasper, @SharonJones…
  • 12.19.14 RT @stacyfrancis: Little Stacy in the choir!! Our choir director was @sharonjones of Sharon Jones and the dap kings! She… http://t.co/PJRCu…
  • 12.18.14 RT @richberra: @momb1 I was saying I liked @sharonjones and the DapKings. That's some tight music! Go find it.
  • 12.16.14 Listen to our new Soul Playlist! ♫ Tried and Convicted - Soul Playlist Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings http://t.co/y5T0po46qG #NowPlaying
  • 12.11.14 RT @exclaimdotca: MT @fontananorth: .@sharonjones earns #5 on @exclaimdotca's Top 10 Soul Albums #Bestof2014 http://t.co/AxjfYs2QSg @Dapton…
  • 12.11.14 RT @DoodySnyder: Surgery over. http://t.co/RcOio8wQlO
  • 12.11.14 RT @Dianna_2Ns: #awesomepeoplehangingouttogether RT @sharonjones: Bumping into the legendary @WaltFrazier on my way out of @TheGarden http:…