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Sharon Jones

Born Sharon Lafaye Jones in Augusta, Georgia, she moved to New York City at an early age. With a gifted voice, performing gospel songs in Church, since childhood, she has only recently received acclaim by the public and her peers in the areas of Soul, Funk and Rhythm and Blues. Until the late 90s she was still employed at her "day Job" as a Correction Officer at NYC's Rikers Island. Initially a backup session singer, she impressed Record Executives and - Producers Gabriel Roth and Philip Lehman, when she was the only one to show up for a recording session, and demonstrated her ability to sing on several different backup tracks. "Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings" were formed In 2002. They were comprised of Sharon Jones backed by members from three bands.From "The Soul Providers", Bosco Mann on bass, guitarist Binky Griptite, percussionist Fernando Velez, trumpet player Anda Szilagyi and organist Earl Maxton. They were joined by "The Mighty Imperials"s saxophonist Leon Michels and drummer Homer Steinweiss plus Neal Sugarman from "Sugarman 3". As "Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings", the band has released several critically acclaimed albums including "Naturally" (2005) and "I Learned the Hard Way (2010). A milestone in her career occurred in 2007 when she appeared in the film, "The Great Debaters", where she played "Lila" and sang "That's What My Baby Likes". Additioanlly, in the film's soundtrack, Sharon performs the Gospel classics "Up Above My Head" and "Two Wings". This film appearance along with the soundtrack music introduced Sharon to a much larger audience. Her subsequent TV appearances with The Dap Kings include a spirited mini concert on "Austin City Limits"(2008), as well as appearances on "Late Night With David Letterman" (2010) and "The Conan O'Brien Show" on TBS (2010).


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Born:
May 4, 1956 In Augusta, Georgia, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
18
First Appeared:
In the series Austin City Limits 1975
Latest Project:
Series Luke Cage 2016-09-30

4 wins & 2 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The Originals
Poster of Suits
Poster of Damages
Poster of Men in Trees
Filmography
Luke Cage Unknown 2016-09-30
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
The Queen Latifah Show Unknown 2013
The Originals Unknown 2013-10-03
Suits Unknown 2011-06-23
How to Make It in America Unknown 2010-02-14
Conan Unknown 2010-11-08
Hung Unknown 2009-06-28
Eli Stone Unknown 2008-01-31
Private Practice Unknown 2007-09-19
Damages Unknown 2007-07-24
Men in Trees Unknown 2006-09-12
So You Think You Can Dance Unknown 2005
Entourage Unknown 2004-07-18
Cold Case Unknown 2003-09-28
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Austin City Limits Herself 1975
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11