I took this photo of soul singer Sharon Jones on August 2, 2008. This is the first time I’m sharing it. Sharon died yesterday (November 18, 2016) at age 60 after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer. She had such a soulful, gut-wrenching voice and I was lucky to have seen her perform live four times. She was a corrections officer at Rikers Island Prison and an armed guard for Wells Fargo when she released her debut single at age 40, proving that it’s never too late to chase your dream.
We’ve lost too many musical legends this year. Rest Well, Sharon.