Sharon had trouble breaking into the biz in the 1970s--she claims label execs told her she didn't have a marketable pop-star image--but after teaming with the Mark Ronson-affiliated Dap-Kings and releasing music on their fiercely independent Daptone record label, she's unexpectedly found herself at the forefront of a new soul revival. And now she's an in-demand diva, singing with everyone from Michael Bublé on Saturday Night Live to Phish at their Halloween festival and earning comparisons to greats like Tina Turner. Her story is an inspiration to artists of all ages and genres.
This year at SXSW, I caught up with the fabulous Sharon (flanked by her fabulously sharp-suited Dap-Kings) before one of her many hotly anticipated Austin gigs. There we discussed her unusual career path, her fittingly titled upcoming album I Learned The Hard Way, and how she was enjoying her time in Texas. And Sharon even did a little unsolicited Yahoo! yodel, all the while looking like a true star in her Trina Turk cocktail frock. Nope, no "image problems" here:
- Sharon Jones