Death of soul singer Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley Dies After Cancer Battle

Like his late label mate Sharon Jones - who died a year ago after a protracted battle with cancer - Florida-born, Brooklyn-reared Bradley was an old-school journeyman R&B performer who was launched to fame via a series of independent releases on Brooklyn's Daptone Records. Born Nov. 5, 1948 in Gainesville, Fla., he moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., when he was eight.

In 2011, at 62, Bradley released No Time for Dreaming, his debut album, on Daptone Records.

Active from the '90s under the moniker "Black Velvet" as a James Brown impersonator, Bradley drew the attention of Daptone co-founder, bandleader and producer Gabriel Roth (aka Bosco Mann), who began releasing singles by the singer in 2002. The 2012 documentary "Charles Bradley: Soul of America", documented the creative journey of "No Time For Dreaming". His final album, "Changes", was released a year ago. That's why sometimes I like to go into the audience and just hug them, especially when I see someone hurting.

'When I come back, I'll come back strong, with God's love.

Charles Bradley was as unlikely a star as there ever was, coming into fame in his 60s thanks to his soulful voice and his exuberant live performances, and now, after a battle with cancer Bradley has passed away at the age of 68.




Earlier in September, when announcing the tour's cancellation, a message attributed to Bradley on his social media accounts said: "I love all of you out there that made my dreams come true. I look forward to seeing your gorgeous faces soon, and to continue to share my love through music".

As news of Bradley's death spread online, many members of the music community and fans paid their respects to his memory.

Singer Charles Bradley and The Extraordinaires perform onstage at Pandora Discovery Den during the 2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at The Gatsby on March 19, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

Below is the 2016 video for Changes track "Good to Be Back Home". Following that are other videos by him.

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