If you’ve never seen or heard [lastfm]Sharon Jones[/lastfm] perform live, put that on your “to-do” list as soon as possible. Jones is a funk-soul vocalist with a voice and stage presence that transcends contemporary musical labels and cliques. At any one of her shows, you will see younger hipsters, older soul fiends, and everything in between. It’s a beautiful experience.
One of [lastfm]Sharon Jones’[/lastfm] biggest influences in her sound has been gospel of which she treated the unsuspecting patrons of Harlem’s Sylvia’s. Click more for details!
Surrounded by Sylvia’s famous Gospel brunch fare of waffles, fried chicken, grits, greens, and catfish, patrons were surprised with a special performance of [lastfm]Mahalia Jackson[/lastfm]‘s ”I Sing Because I’m Happy” by none other than [lastfm]Sharon Jones[/lastfm].
[lastfm]Sharon Jones[/lastfm] is known for keeping it real and embracing her roots. Although Jones is a huge performer who sells out big venues like the Apollo, she still lives with her mom nearby in a Queens housing project. She expressed her desire to a Spinner journalist to resurrect her old-school Gospel foundation and how her music isn’t “retro”; real soul music has been around for ages in the hearts and voices of singers like her.
Here’s[lastfm] Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings[/lastfm] in the studio recording one of our favorite gospel songs, ”Answer Me” off of 100 Days, 100 Nights.
And here is one of [lastfm]Sharon Jones[/lastfm]‘ favorite gospel songs, “His Eye is on the Sparrow” sung by the venerable [lastfm]Mahalia Jackson[/lastfm]:
Watch [lastfm]Sharon Jones[/lastfm]‘ video interview with Spinner here. Check out that grub! Yum.