Charles Bradley Passes Away At 68

Charles Bradley Passes Away At 68

Charles Bradley Passes Away At 68

Rest in Peace, Charles Bradley, your soulful voice will be sorely missed. Bradley was initially diagnosed with stomach cancer last fall and returned to music before another cancelation.

Born in Gainesville, Fla., Bradley grew up in Brooklyn but left home at the age of 14.

The singer released his debut album "No Time For Dreaming" in 2011, and followed it up with 2013's "Victim Of Love".

Mr. Bradley spent most of his early years in music performing James Brown covers, successfully working as a Brown impersonator named Black Velvet for decades, until Grammy-winning producer Gabriel Roth (Daptone Records) and Dunham Records exec convinced him to release his own material. Subsequent releases included 2013's Victim Of Love and Changes which came out previous year. Bradley's life, including years of struggling with poverty and homelessness, was the subject of the 2012 documentary "Charles Bradley: Soul of America". Bradley also had a special bond with his audiences. See you on the other side.

The soul singer Charles Bradley has died, aged 68.

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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. With God's will, I'll be back soon".

Bradley, known as the "Screaming Eagle of Soul" for his impassioned performances, famously found musical success late in life.

According to Bradley's rep, the singer died surrounded by family and friends, including members of bands he worked closely with throughout his career.

According to outcome of Sound, donations to All-Stars Project and Music Unites may be made in lieu of flowers.

Bradley, at a listening party for his 2016 record Changes, told this reporter - in a conversation often punctuated by Bradley holding up a finger, smiling and singing along to his new record - he'd helped construct the studio in which he'd later record.

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