The film documents her transformation into cancer patient and back into a full-throated force. After years of working as a corrections officer at Rikers Island, Jones was befriended by Brooklyn N.Y. -based bassist/producer Gabriel Roth, who was so impressed with her singing abilities that he signed her to his newly-formed label, Daptone Records.
"We are deeply saddened to announce that Sharon Jones has passed away after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer", her management said in an official statement, according to NBC News. Members of the band were at her bedside when she died, her representative, Judy Miller Silverman, said.
"You got to be fearless", a debilitated Jones told the Associated Press in July, in between tour stops. I am taking it one day at a time and I keep saying that saying, "I have cancer right now, I feel cancer don't have me". "I just want to be able to get onstage and move".
Success in the music industry eluded Jones until late in life.
Jones was born in August, Georgia, in 1956, the youngest of six children.
"I wasn't what they was looking for", she told the magazine in an interview earlier this year.
Jones only achieved fame in middle-age, and had worked as a corrections officer at Rikers Island prison in NY and as a bank guard to make ends meet while seeking a breakthrough in the music industry.
But for years struggled to make a living in music. He used the Dap-Kings as the backing band for another soul revival star, Amy Winehouse, on her breakthrough album Back in Black, released in 2006. Three more albums followed in the ensuing decade, and two compilations.
Jones' cancer had been in remission but past year she announced that it had returned. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013, just ahead of the release of the album "Give the People What They Want".
In honor of Jones' legacy, her band mates have asked fans and well-wishers to donate to organizations such as The Lustgarten Foundation, the James Brown Family Foundation or Little Kids Rock, instead of sending flowers.