American soul singer Charles Bradley dies aged 68

24 September, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Julio Duncan
  • Charles Bradley Dies After Cancer Battle

The soul singer Charles Bradley, one of the most joyful and powerful contemporary vocalists in his genre, died Saturday morning.

The news was announced via the singer's official Twitter account on Saturday.

Thank you for your prayers during this hard time.

Singer Charles Bradley and The Extraordinaires perform onstage at Pandora Discovery Den during the 2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at The Gatsby on March 19, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

Bradley was diagnosed with stomach cancer a year ago and beat the cancer, but it came back recently and spread to his liver.

Bradley had been suffering from stomach cancer after first being diagnosed with the disease a year ago.


Born in Florida in 1948 before later relocating to NY as a child, Bradley stayed on the fringes of music - working as a part-time musician throughout most of his life. "I am honoured and glad to be back and am going to give you all of my love".

It wasn't until Bradley's sister took him to James Brown's landmark performance at the Apollo Theater that he wanted to pursue a singing career.

His third and last album, 2016's Changes, figured on several music magazines' lists of the year's top albums and, despite Bradley's Christian beliefs, featured a remake of occult-dabbling metal band Black Sabbath in its title song.

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.

Bradley - who earlier this year had triumphantly returned to the stage where he thanked his fans and God - died surrounded by family, friends and bandmates at his home in Brooklyn, his publicist said. "I open their hearts up and they feel the love of my heart and when I go out there and really respond to 'em and talk to 'em, they tell me some things", he said.

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