A true descendent of James Brown and Aretha Franklin, this soul-funk diva was born in 1956 in Augusta, Georgia. Although Jones started singing in church at a tender age, she spent many years working as a corrections officer at Rikers Island and an armored car guard for Wells Fargo before launching her artistic career in 1996 (at 40) and achieving success in 2002. After working with a variety of groups and performing with such soul legends as The Drifters and Maceo Parker, Jones recorded with gospel groups and released a number of 45s including Damn It's Hot, The Landlord and You Better Think Twice, which immediately became standards in underground funk clubs around the world. Since then, Jones has been surrounded by remarkable old school soul-funk-R&B revue band The Dap-Kings (the band heard in six songs on Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black). Sharon Jones and her musicians revivify vintage acoustic soul, raucous R&B and supremely nasty funk inspired by the sounds of the ’60s and ’70s. Gifted with a sizzling stage presence and powerhouse voice, her London fans have dubbed her “The Queen of Funk”.