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Sharon Jones Diagnosed with Bile Duct Cancer, Postpones Album & Tour

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She’s down – but not out.

Singer Sharon Jones, 57, the frontwoman of the soul and funk revivalist group Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, has revealed she’s been diagnosed with stage-one bile duct cancer and has been forced to cancel all promotional duties. An album, scheduled for release in August, will also be postponed.

In a statement posted on her website, Jones says early detection of the stage-one tumor on her bile duct means she is expected to make a full recovery.

“We caught it really early and fast and the doctors say it’s operable and curable,” she wrote. “I will be having surgery very soon and will have to rest and recover.”

A longtime singer who had a brief stint as a corrections officer on Rikers Island, Jones rose to prominence only in the last decade or so, starting with the release of 2002’s Dap Dippin’ with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Thanks to her electrifying soul and funk-steeped vocal style, the singer has also collaborated with Michael Bublé, Lou Reed and others.

She also had a small role in the 2007 film The Great Debaters, starring Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker.