BREAKING: Legendary Black Singer Found DEAD

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Charles Bradley, a soul singer who became popular late in his life, releasing his first album at the age of 62, died Saturday after a battle with cancer, according to a statement from his publicist. He was just 68 years old.

Bradley, known as the “Screaming Eagle of Soul” for a powerful, raspy style that evoked one of his musical heroes, James Brown was an old-school journeyman R&B performer who was launched to fame via a series of independent releases on Brooklyn’s Daptone Records.

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Active from the ‘90s under the moniker “Black Velvet” as a James Brown impersonator, Bradley drew the attention of Daptone co-founder, bandleader and producer Gabriel Roth (aka Bosco Mann), who began releasing singles by the singer in 2002. Beginning with “No Time For Dreaming” in 2011 and continuing with “Soul of America” in 2012 and “Changes” in 2016, Bradley’s Daptone recordings flexed a high-voltage style that harkened back to the ‘60s work of such deep-soul stars as Brown and Otis Redding. Bradley’s career and life, which included a period of homelessness, was considered in Poull Brien’s 2012 documentary “Soul of America.”

He was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2016 and underwent treatment, receiving a clean bill of health and releasing his third album, “Changes,” later that year. He went out on tour earlier this year and performed on several television shows — including “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Conan” and “CBS This Morning: Saturday” — a performance that led to an Emmy nomination for Outstanding On-Camera Musical Performance in a Daytime Program.

However, the cancer recently returned, spreading to his liver, and he cancelled tour dates earlier this month. “I love all of you out there that made my dreams come true,” he said when announcing the cancellations. “When I come back, I’ll come back strong, with God’s love. With God’s will, I’ll be back soon.”

“The world lost a ton of heart today,” Gabriel Roth, a Daptone co-founder said in the statement. “Charles was somehow one of the meekest and strongest people I’ve ever known. His pain was a cry for universal love and humanity. His soulful moans and screams will echo forever on records and in the ears and hearts of those who were fortunate enough to share time with him.”

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The press release announcing his passing concludes: “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.”

I’ll admit, I really am not familiar with his music- I am extremely fond of and am well educated on Motown music from the 60’s.

But I am thrilled that this man accomplished his dream- be it late in his life and before doing this report I did some research and listened to some of his music.

He was a fantastic singer.

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Check this out!

OFFICIAL VIDEO: Charles Bradley “Changes”

YouTube video courtesy of DaptoneRecords

In lieu of flowers, his rep said donations may be made to the following organizations: All-Stars Project and Music Unites.

Rest in peace my black brother.

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