Sharon Jones is postponing the release of her new album and an accompanying tour after she was diagnosed with bile duct cancer, the soul singer said today. Jones and her band, the Dap-Kings had planned to release Give the People What They Want on August 6th, but the singer has scrapped her schedule to undergo surgery and recover.
“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,” Jones said in a statement. “We just found out that I have a stage-one tumor on my bile duct. Luckily we caught it really early and fast and the doctors say it’s operable and curable!”
There’s no word yet on a new release date for the album, Jones’ sixth, but the singer is determined to return as soon as she can.
“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,” Jones said. “I’m looking forward to getting back on the road to give the people what they want!”