Jones battling cancer, album, tour canceled

Sharon Jones, of Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, was born in Augusta's old University Hospital in 1956 and moved back to the area in 2011.

NEW YORK — Soul singer Sharon Jones – who was born in Augusta and moved back in 2011 – has cancer and has canceled plans for an album and tour in 2013.

Jones has stage-one bile duct cancer and needs immediate surgery, according to a statement.

Jones and her band, the Dap-Kings, had planned to release Give the People What They Want on Aug. 6 and were already touring. The singer was forced to miss a few shows recently while doctors diagnosed her illness.

The release says that doctors caught the tumor early and that the cancer hasn’t spread. They expect the 57-year-old to make a full recovery.

Jones says she’ll stay in touch with fans and keep them updated on her condition.

Jones, whose performing style often has been compared to Augusta legend James Brown, was born in the segregated section of the old University Hospital on May 4, 1956.

After her parents separated when she was 3 years old, her mother moved Jones and her siblings to New York. She returned to the South often to spend summers with her father until he died when she was 12.

She spent her third-grade year in North Augusta and that year made her singing debut at the North Augusta Baptist Church on Jackson Avenue, portraying an angel in a Christmas program and singing Silent Night.

In 2011, she bought a house in the Augusta area and moved her mother and sister here from New York.

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