Sharon Jones: ‘I Didn’t Think I’d Live Long Enough To Finish Album’

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January 15, 2014 | 11:20am EST

Singer Sharon Jones has hailed her new album as a testament to her cancer battle because she previously feared she would not live long enough to complete the record.
Jones was diagnosed with cancer of the bile duct last year and underwent surgery to remove a tumour and further chemotherapy sessions to combat the disease.
The illness forced her to abandon work on her sixth album with her band The Dap-Kings, Give the People What They Want, but she eventually went back to work on the project and it was released this week.
Jones has dedicated the record to two friends who lost their own cancer battles, and admits she thought she wouldn’t live to see the album’s release.
She tells Reuters, “I actually thought that I wasn’t even going to be around for this album. I thought I was going to die. It’s dedicated to two people that we knew who died from cancer and I survived cancer – so this album is like a testimony of mine, it’s a survival.
“I was thinking I wasn’t going to be here to give them the album (and to) perform it. They wasn’t going to see me perform this album live, and so it means a lot to me now that I’m looking at it. Every time I go back and look at it, I’m going to remember my cancer.”