Instead of hiding behind a wig in the video for the new song "Stranger to My Happiness," soul-funk veteran Sharon Jones, who recently completed chemotherapy for stage 2 pancreatic cancer, decided to perform bald.
Jones told Yahoo Music why she chose to reveal her hair loss in the video. "I don't want come back out in another year and have everybody see me like I was never sick," she said. "I'm doing what I'm doing because I want my fans to know what I'm doing and go through it with me. At first, I didn't want to do the video...But I'm glad I went and did it and I look really good. This way my fans are seeing me and when I look back at that video, it's the next chapter in my life. My fans can see what I'm going through and how well I'm doing."
In the video, Jones appears in a glittery silver dress and sparkling, diamond flower-shaped earrings. As she sings, she is surrounded by the nine Dap-Kings, who are playing on a stage after a wedding party has ended. The uptempo track is about moving on following heartbreak, and as the band performs there are various shots of champagne glasses, a wedding cake with one slice cut out and empty tables, suggesting a wedding party that ended abruptly. “Stranger to my Happiness” was directed by Rob Hatch-Miller and Puloma Basu.
“Stranger to My Happiness” will appear on Sharon King and the Dap-Kings' sixth album, Give the People What they Want, which comes out January 14. The record was originally due in August 2013, but was delayed when King was originally diagnosed with stage 1 bile duct cancer last June (her doctor eventually switched diagnosis to pancreatic cancer). As soon as doctors discovered the growth they began treatment, which included surgery and chemotherapy. "We caught it really early," Jones said last year. "The doctors say it's curable."
Jones is expected to make a complete recovery and has scheduled a full tour. The group appears in the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Wolf of Wall Street. On January 11 Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings will perform in Brooklyn, New York, and launch a full tour February 6 in New York City. Dates are scheduled through April 13 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Then the band will begin a European tour May 6 in Paris.
"I'm looking forward to getting back on the road to give the people what they want," Jones said.