Artist's Reactions to the Passing of Sharon Jones

by VVN Music

While the number of tributes to Sharon Jones after her passing may not match those received after Leonard Cohen died, these seem more heartfelt as if their was a special bond and admiration for the great soul singer.

Jones died yesterday at the age of 60 after a multi-year battle against pancreatic cancer.

From veteran artists:

Quincy Jones
It breaks my heart to hear about the passing of Sharon Jones. She was an absolute fighter and will be remembered as such...And thank you to the makers of this documentary for creating a window into the life of this amazing woman and her lasting legacy.
Chaka Khan
My deepest condolences to the family of Miss Sharon Jones. She was the real deal in this industry. 2016, you've been AWFUL with this!
Gregg Allman
Hard to believe. Another one gone. RIP Sharon Jones. Much love.
Bettye LaVette
Last night was one of the most emotionaly draining evenings of my life. My disdain for James Brown has been noted, my respect and eventual admiration for Sharon Jones has not. I say that I am fightened so easily. At the threat to my newfound existance, if you told me that I was literally dying...

Sharon was supposed to join us at the James Brown Tribute at NJPAC last night. I sent her a message the other morning after finding out that she had to cancel. I said I would sing in her spirit. I did my best. I have so much admiration for this woman, and I hope I'll be strong as she has been for these last few years.

Sharon, you fought the good fight.
Daryl Hall
Sharon Jones was one of the most unique people I have ever known...all her emotions were right out there for everyone to see, no hiding for her! Her story is one of sadness , triumph, and extreme irony, having been treated badly by the music world, finding success in an unlikely time of her life, and then faced with an ultimate challenge that in the end, was bigger even than her. Her last tour was an extensive one with me and John, and every nite I marveled at her ability to get out there and put on a phenomenal show, even tho' she was hurting. It is a testament to the power of soul and strength of will. She just used to say" this is what keeps me going". I am going to miss her...she is irreplaceable! - Daryl
John Oates
We all mourn the passing of Sharon Jones...I had the pleasure of getting to know her and her great band the Dap Kings during this past year of touring. Even though she struggled with her illness she never failed to go on stage every night radiating privilege positive energy, her voice and personality gave no indication of how much she was suffering inside...the ultimate example of a true professional and the power of the human spirit. It was my honor and privilege to share the stage with her. Her music will live on. - John
William "Bootsy" Collins
Ms. Sharon Jones now shares the stage in another frequency with the Godfather himself, Mr. James Brown. Passing is one thang but Graduating is a whole nother quantum physic's. At lease they passed through our yard. Thank u both for the visitation. Funkateer's World Wide SHOW YR LOVE!
Emilio Castillo of Tower of Power
So sad to hear of the death of Sharon Jones. We'd heard that she was battling illness but it still was a shock to all of us. We want to send our condolences to her family, friends and especially to her band. This has to be particularly difficult for them. 2016 has been a tough year. So many great ones passed. I know Sharon was loved by many.
Booker T. Jones
RIP Sharon Jones - I was honored to have her sing a song on my album... Honored to perform in Brooklyn with her. Condolences to Dap Kings.
Questlove of the Roots
Thank You Sharon. Thank You. #2016
Nile Rodgers
#RIPSharonJones - You are incredible and mighty. Condolences to your family.
...and a few from more modern artists who were also touched by Jones' greatness:

Brandi Carlisle
God bless you Sharon Jones
We're all gonna miss you!
Put in a good word for us with the man upstairs.
Sara Bareilles
No. @sharonjones
Okkerville River
Sharon Jones was one of the nicest musicians I ever met and an awe-inspiring talent. Rest In Peace.
I am just hearing about my friend @sharonjones passing away. *tears* What a fighter, what a friend, what a sister and what a singer.*tears*
Grace Potter
Tonight we lost a true and beautiful soul: Sharon Jones. My heart aches, but I smile to the night sky as I keep her in my memory. She lived every day to the fullest, danced like there was no tomorrow and lit a fire inside everyone she met. She was a teacher, a fighter, a sister, a dreamer, an amazing musician and most importantly...a true friend. Rest in loving peace, Sharon Jones.
Mark Ronson
Sharon Jones had one of the most magnificent, gut-wrenching voices of anyone in recent times. She'll be so missed. Too sad x
Jason Isbell
So very sad to hear of Sharon Jones' passing. An incredibly strong person and a magical performer. Heartbreaking.
John Legend
So sad to hear about the passing of my friend and the soulful, dynamic singer I loved performing with, Sharon Jones
Hayley Williams of Paramour
My heart is broken. This year is so sad. Sharon Jones, thx for inspiring me for so long. Your voice/energy will echo in my heart forever.

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