It is with a heavy heart that we announce passing of Charles Bradley.
Always a fighter, Charles battled cancer with everything he had.
He had triumphantly returned to stage after a stomach cancer diagnosis a year ago. After undergoing treatment, he was given a clean bill of health and was back on the road earlier this year. Bradley died in Brooklyn after his cancer returned and spread to his liver. But Bradley's journey into the music business was rather unique. He lived across the country throughout his life including Maine, Alaska and two decades in the Bay Area before returning to New York City, his home for the last 20 years. In the 1970s he hitchhiked around the country for a while, before ending up in California in 1977.
The singer released his debut album "No Time For Dreaming" in 2011, and followed it up with 2013's "Victim Of Love".
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.
Death at age of 68 of cancer, according to magazine, RollingStone, american artist discovered on later released her last album, Changes, in 2016. He even spent time as a James Brown impersonator. Performing to his limit in his 60s garnered him respect and acclaim. As he told us in an interview previous year: "When you look at the expressions on the people's faces, and you can see some of your own life in their faces and the changes that some people are going through".
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 ...
"When I come back, I'll come back strong, with God's love".
Earlier in September, when announcing the tour's cancellation, a message attributed to Bradley on his social media accounts said: "I love all of you out there that made my dreams come true". "It took 62 years for somebody to find me, but I thank God. I look forward to seeing your gorgeous faces soon, and to continue to share my love through music". He closely collaborated with a number of acts and backing bands in his career, including His Extraordinaires, Menahan Street Band, Budos Band and the Jimmy Hill Allstarz.
Bradley, at a listening party for his 2016 record Changes, told this reporter - in a conversation often punctuated by Bradley holding up a finger, smiling and singing along to his new record - he'd helped construct the studio in which he'd later record.
Bradley, performing at Governors Ball 2017. Following that are other videos by him.