Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have come a long way since their humble beginnings nearly a decade ago. Steeped within the gilded and gritty sounds of gospel, soul and funk, this nine-piece Brooklyn collective has continued to electrify fans, disc jockeys, critics, record collectors, and bloggers the world-over with their authentic, heart-felt sound. The authenticity clearly demonstrated on the band’s three critically-acclaimed albums – Dap Dippin’ (2002), Naturally (2005) and 100 Days, 100 Nights (2007) – captured and released by the independent Daptone Records. Their albums recall an analog era led by iconic studios like those at Motown and Stax Records, and have thrust the fifty-three-year-old Augusta, GA native and crew into the multimedia limelight.
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have appeared on CNN, Good Morning New York, MTV News, VH1, Conan O’Brien, Craig Ferguson, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, BBC Television, NPR radio shows like Morning Edition and Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and have been covered in a slew of publications, from personal blogposts all the way to feature stories in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Newsweek, the Associated Press, Interview, the Village Voice, and Entertainment Weekly.
As distinguished as their recordings may be, however, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have truly become renowned thanks to their incredible live show, not to mention their relentless touring. And though it’s certainly no easy task to keep such a vast ensemble on the road, the band continues to pack hundreds of clubs worldwide, from legendary venues like New York’s Apollo Theater, Beacon Theater and Central Park’s SummerStage to their show-stopping sets at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Roskilde, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and WOMAD.
At the age of 22, Peter Baldwin has opened for international recording star Joss Stone, Mayer Hawthorne, K’naan, Aloe Blacc, Theophilus London, and has played festivals with super-producer Diplo and modern funk artist, Dam-Funk.
Born and raised in Alaska, Baldwin began his music career while attending school in Orlando, Florida, and at age of 19 was instantly noted as an electrifying vocalist and live performer. In 2008, he debuted his unplugged album “I Was Here” at the Virgin Megastore and was nominated for the “Best of Orlando Award” in 2009 and 2010. In addition to headlining concerts throughout Central Florida, Baldwin continues to showcase in Miami, New York City, and Los Angeles, increasing his underground notoriety. His music is a unique cook-up of soul induced-indie rock with folk, jazz and pop undertones, a sound he calls “alternative soul.”
Baldwin aims to take things to the next level with the release of his self titled EP, (May 2011). The full band EP introduces Baldwin not only as an euphonious recording artist, but as a visionary and equally adept producer who aims to push the boundaries of popular soul music.