Fierce soul singer Sharon Jones dies at 60

Grammy nominee Sharon Jones died Friday at 60 after losing a battle with pancreatic cancer, according to her band's website.

The soul singer was known for her high-energy performances with her band the Dap Kings; some had even called her the "female James Brown." Jones was a latecomer to the stage, starting her professional music career when she was 40.

Prior to leading the Dap Kings, she worked as a prison guard and often joked that the inmates didn't think she could make it in the tough setting — she was 4-foot-11 and too nice, she said in an appearance earlier this year on NPR's quiz show, "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me."

Jones was recently featured in a documentary on Starz called Miss Sharon Jones!

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