Soul singer Charles Bradley dies aged 68

Danny Woods
September 24, 2017

It was when he moved back to Brooklyn in 1996 to reconnect with his mother that his music career slowly began to flower, first with Bradley performing as a James Brown impersonator named Black Velvet.

Soul singer Charles Bradley died Saturday at age 68 after a long bout with cancer.

Representatives for the singer said that "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".

He had recently returned to live performance after receiving treatment for stomach cancer late previous year.

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Bradley, known as the "Screaming Eagle of Soul" for his impassioned performances, famously found musical success late in life. "Thank you for your thoughts and prayers in se hard times", has tweeted official account of soul singer, Saturday, 23 September. I think that he touched the right people's heart that believed in me and gave me a chance to come out.

Born in Gainesville, Florida, Bradley moved to Brooklyn as a child and lived all over America before returning to NY for the last 20 years of his life.

Bradley released his debut LP No Time for Dreaming in 2011 at age 62, followed by his sophomore album Victim of Love in 2013. "This is a whole new turning point in my life". His pain was a cry for universal love and humanity. He earned a scarce living as a cook before label Daptone Records discovered him in a small club in NY city. He smiled and told me, 'I tried.' It was probably the simplest and most inspiring thing he ever told me. "I mean that literally, and anyone that ever saw him knows that he honestly tried". The night she died, Bradley went forward with a sold-out show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg in 2014. Music is how I share my love with the world, and the love that my fans have given back brings me so much joy.

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