We are very sad to report that modern soul legend Charles Bradley has died. After undergoing treatment, he was given a clean bill of health and was back on the road earlier this year. His sophomore project Victim of Love came in 2013 and his third LP Changes in 2016.
After performing as a James Brown impersonator under the name "Black Velvet", Bradley began his professional music career in 2002 with a series of singles through Daptone, beginning with "Take It As It Comes".
He had recently returned to live performance after receiving treatment for stomach cancer late a year ago.
Success in the music business came late in life for Mr. Bradley.
Bradley was born in Gainesville, Florida, in 1948 and was raised by his grandmother until the age of 8, when his mother brought him to Brooklyn, New York.More news: Make Your Google Home Smart Speaker Portable With LOFT Battery Base
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The singer's remarkable life story and extraordinary journey was captured in the documentary Charles Bradley: Soul of America, directed by Poull Brien in 2012.
But I know that from doing shows for the public, the love when I go out into the audience and hug 'em and the things that they say to me personally ...
Charles Bradley, the soul singer whose robust, brassy voice won him stardom in his final years after decades of scraping along, died Saturday from cancer. "With God's will, I'll be back soon". Bradley, who openly shared his idolization of the legendary James Brown after first seeing Brown perform in 1962, became a totemic artist for the Daptone label, best known for its revivalist '60s soul.
A press release announcing Bradley's death said: "Bradley passed away in Brooklyn on September 23, 2017, 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-his band from his time performing as Black Velvet".