Charles Bradley, soul singer, dies at 68

Lawrence Kim
September 25, 2017

Charles Bradley, a soul singer who blossomed late in life, releasing his first album at the age of 62, died Saturday after a battle with cancer.

Bradley died in NY on Saturday surrounded by family, friends and some of his bandmembers, according to a statement on his website. His initial diagnosis was made public in October past year. He headed out to tour earlier this year after receiving a clean bill of health, but the cancer returned recently, spreading to his liver, the statement said.

Daptone's statement said that Bradley passed away on Saturday in Brooklyn, "surrounded by family and friends including members of the bands he worked closely with: Menahan Street Band, His Extraordinaires, Budos Band and the Jimmy Hill Allstarz".

Born in Florida (in the south-eastern United States), Charles Bradley grew up in NY, where he had discovered the " godfather of soul, James Brown at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem.

In lieu of flowers, his rep said donations may be made to the following organizations: All-Stars Project and Music Unites. "Mr. Bradley was truly grateful for all the love he's received from his fans and we hope his message of love is remembered and carried on". "Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this hard time".

His performance style was long compared to that of James Brown and his extensive list of bands and collaborators have solidified Bradley as one of the most iconic soul artists of the time.

The singer did not reach mainstream fame until his later years, releasing his debut album "No Time for Dancing" in 2011, followed by "Victim Of Love" in 2013 and "Changes" last year.

As tributes began to pour in following the news, Soul legend Otis Redding thanked Charles Bradley for his "inspiration" in a touching tribute to the singer.

His last album, "Changes", released previous year, he was finally allowed to touch a wider audience.

Among his TV appearances was a stop a year ago on "CBS This Morning: Saturday", which earned him an Emmy nomination. He also featured as a performer in the first season of Marvel's Luke Cage on Netflix.

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