Soul Singer Charles Bradley Dead at 68

Charles Bradley — a soul singer known for his exuberant live performances — has died following a battle with cancer. He was 68.

In a statement, representatives for Mr. Bradley said:

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Charles Bradley. Always a fighter, Charles battled cancer with everything he had.

“He was diagnosed with stomach cancer in the fall of 2016 and underwent treatment. Bradley headed out on the road earlier this year after receiving a clean bill of health but the cancer recently returned, spreading to his liver.

“Thank you for your prayers during this difficult time. 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.”

The announcement follows a series of concert cancellations related to Mr. Bradley's illness earlier this year. In an additional post on Facebook, representatives have encouraged donations to the All-Stars Project and Music Unites.

Bradley was a late-in-life success story, releasing his first record, No Time for Dreaming in 2011 at the age of 62. He released three studio records with Daptone Records along with other singles and collaborations.

For most fans, Bradley will be remembered for his impassioned vocal delivery and unmistakable live performances which channeled the legacy of '60s soul in its purest form.

Prior to his work with Daptone, Bradley sang as a James Brown impersonator while moving through a series of jobs in Brooklyn, California, and other parts of North America.


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