Smokin' Soul: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Daptone Records

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Award-winning author Sarah Perry tells the inspiring story behind soul singer Sharon Jones’s rise from corrections officer to world-touring artist and the small record label startup -Daptone Records- that put her on the map. Article published by The Atlas Society.

Soul singer Sharon Jones

Sony [Records] told me I was too black, too fat, too short and too old.


> Sharon Jones, and the indie record label that put her on the map, Daptone Records, are at the forefront of a soul/funk revival --a growing interest in new music, artists, art, and dance moves that recapture the classic feel of soul/funk records of the 60s and 70s, yet offer original artistry. Daptone Records is now celebrating its 10th anniversary.

> Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings album "100 Days, 100 Nights" sold more than 100,000 copies.

> Their 2010 release, "I Learned the Hard Way," debuted at #14 on the Billboard charts and rocketed up to the #2 slot for independent album. At the same time it hit the #6 slot for R&B/Hip-Hop. This album also sold 100,000 copies—but in the first four months alone.

> After years of being rejected by the "big" record labels, Sharon Jones, born in 1956, finally experienced her career breakthrough--in middle age.

> Sharon worked for years as a corrections officer at Riker's Island, before being "discovered" by Gabriel Roth, who would record her, launching Jones's successful international career as the front woman for "Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings."

READ: "Smokin' Soul: The Story of Daptone Records"

> The founders of Daptone Records, Neal Sugarman and Gabriel Roth, experienced a similar trajectory: working hard and persevering past early days of low-paying gigs, to finally achieve international success.

> Both Sharon Jones and the founders of Daptone Records were determined to offer the highest possible value to their customers while maintaining control of their own artistic vision. Their entrepreneurial approach offers inspiration to all who want to take full responsibility for their career satisfaction.

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BIO: Writer Sarah Perry is a recent graduate of the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. Sarah's work has appeared in The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, and Ten Spurs Literary Journal. She enjoys travelling, cooking, reading, listening to folk music, and writing bad poetry with a pencil in one hand and a goblet of Cabernet in the other.

ABOUT:The Atlas Society (TAS) develops and promotes open Objectivism: the philosophy of reason, individualism, achievement and freedom. Objectivism was founded by Ayn Rand (1905-1982), the author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, among other works.As the founders of open Objectivism, TAS believes that the philosophy is a body of knowledge open to expansion and revision, through rational inquiry and open discussion and debate. The organization's publications and programs reach a broad audience ranging from the general public to graduate students in philosophy.TAS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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