Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings have released a music video for "Call on God," the second single from the group's upcoming and final LP Soul of a Woman, which the singer was crafting before she passed away last year. Check it out above, courtesy of the Daptone Records YouTube channel.
Gospel-tinged and flooded with organ, the tune is an elegant testament to Jones' expressive vocal character and the Dap-Kings' flawless ability to tastefully execute a complementary arrangement. Directed by Matt Rogers, the video presents the group performing the single in a studio setting.
A comment on the Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Facebook page details the touching history behind the song:
Sharon Jones wrote “Call on God” in the late 1970’s for E.L. Fields' Gospel Wonders, a choir she sang with throughout most of her life at the Universal Church of God in New York City.
She recorded the song with the Dap-Kings in 2007.
On December 18th, 2016, Pastor Margot Fields, E.L.’s widow, presided over Sharon's memorial service in Brooklyn which was attended by several of the original members of the Gospel Wonders who had come in from different parts of the country to help celebrate Sharon’s life. Together again, they performed a moving tribute to Sharon as part of the service. After the service, Bosco Mann and the Dap-Kings invited the singers, all great friends of Sharon's, back to the Daptone House of Soul studios in Bushwick to finish "Call on God" with them. At the studio, the members of the choir put on headphones and heard Sharon’s voice singing the song she wrote for them three decades earlier. Sharon always wanted to add background vocals to the song and she would have been happy to know that her old friends had come through to sing with her one final time.
"Call on God" follows "Matter of Time," the first single from the forthcoming album. Pre-order a copy of Soul of a Woman on Amazon. For more, check out Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings' Zumic artist page.