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Everything's Going Sharon Jones' Way These Days

By Gary Graff
Of the Oakland Press

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At 51, Georgia-born R&B singer Sharon Jones says that “everything is worth waiting for.” And these days everything seems to be going her way.

Jones has become a hot property ever since her Brooklynbased band, the Dap-Kings, worked with British singer Amy Winehouse on her debut album, as well as with producer Mark Ronson. Thanks to that, the spotlight shined brightly on Jones and company as they released their third album, “100 Days 100 Nights,” in September.

“It’s just amazing how we started happening almost overnight,” Jones notes. “I think ‘100 Days’ would’ve done pretty good by itself, but I think the guys working with Amy and Mark cut off a couple years on our rise and got us a lot more notice. All that time, the band leaders and managers were like, ‘What about Sharon? She’s gonna be left out.’ People asked, ‘Are you jealous?’ What am I jealous of? It’s only doing good things for all of us.”

Jones was also hand-picked by Denzel Washington to appear as a juke joint singer in his upcoming film, “The Great Debaters” whose soundtrack — due out Dec. 11 — features Jones on seven R&B and gospel tracks. She fears that she might wind up on the cutting room floor, but Jones is still happy to have had the experience.

“Denzel loves good music,” she says. “He loves my voice. Once he saw me, he said, ‘That’s it — I want Sharon. Other big stars like Mary J. Blige tried out, people from ‘American Idol.’ But Denzel saw me, and I guess I had something he liked, so I got it, and it was great.”

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings perform Wednesday (Nov. 13) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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