Earlier this week SHARON JONES’ management issued the following statement, “SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS regret to announce that plans to tour and release their upcoming album in 2013 have been postponed. Give The People What They Want will NOT be released on Aug 26, 2013 as previously scheduled.” (see our news archive)

The statement went on to reveal that SHARON JONES has been diagnosed with stage-one bile duct cancer, which has fortunately been discovered early and has not spread. 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.

A devastated SHARON is keen to let her fans know that she is anxious to get back on her feet, and that she is “down, but not out!” She says, “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 tumour 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!”

SOUL JAZZ AND FUNK wishes SHARON a speedy recovery