Currently on maximum heavy rotation at CasaRubi — Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. The video below is the first track that caught my attention, and I couldn’t believe it when I discovered that this was a recent recording. It’s like opening a time capsule of the best hot funk and soul of my youth. But please note, this is not “retro” — this is the real deal!

Even more than the music, if that’s possible, I love Miss Sharon’s story. She is a testament to the power and importance of believing in your gift, and never giving up.

Born in Augusta, Georgia, Sharon Jones moved to Brooklyn as a little girl, and she grew up going back and forth between the two, singing (in church) the whole time. She dipped a toe into the music business in the 70s, but because her voice and style weren’t what the 80s were looking for — she was told she was too dark-skinned and not skinny enough to make it big — she began working in corrections at Rikers Island. It wasn’t until the late 90s, when she was 40, that she got another chance to record, but she’s been making up for lost time ever since.

Take a listen — and then go get yourself some!