Charles Bradley, Soul Singer, Dead at 68

Singer Charles Bradley has died, according to a statement released on his website. The 68 year old battled stomach cancer, and died of liver cancer. He died in New York, surrounded by friends, family, and band members. Bradley released three albums in his late life career, all of which were released on Daptone Records.

Charles Bradley’s musical career is an unusual story. While he may be a household name to fans of modern soul and funk, he did not release an album until the age of 62. Before becoming an original act, he spent much of his early time in music as a James Brown impersonator at small clubs. Bradley was a unique individual who worked his whole life to begin his music career.

Since finding success in the revitalized soul music scene, Bradley’s work has been featured in Luke Cage, American Dad!¸Suits, Ray Donovan, and other television shows. He earned the nickname The Screaming Eagle of Soul for his high energy performances and powerful, raspy voice. Musicians from all genres have expressed their appreciation for Bradley’s music since learning of his death.