Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are indefinitely delaying their next album and upcoming tour plans due to singer Sharon Jones’ diagnosis of Stage I bile-duct cancer.
Give the People What They Want, the R&B group’s sixth album, had been scheduled for an Aug. 6 release.
The group, which released its first album in 2002, is known for its energetic revival of vintage soul styles of the ’60s and ’70s.
Jones, 57, will undergo surgery for her cancer and expects a lengthy convalescence and full recovery.
In a statement posted on the group’s website, Jones said: “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. 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!
“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. I’m looking forward to getting back on the road to give the people what they want!”
Bile-duct cancer affects a thin tube that connects the liver to the small intestine. Between 2,000 and 3,000 people are diagnosed with this type of cancer each year in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.