Musicians React to Charles Bradley's Death on Social Media

Musicians React to Charles Bradley's Death on Social Media

In 2011, at 62, Bradley released No Time for Dreaming, his debut album, on Daptone Records.

He had triumphantly returned to stage after a stomach cancer diagnosis a year ago.

His performance on "CBS This Morning: Saturday" past year received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding On-Camera Musical Performance in a Daytime Program. It during these years of his life when Bradley's discovery began in earnest - after Daptone Records co-founder Gabriel Roth introduced Bradley to producer Tom Brenneck. His life and career later became the subject of the 2012 documentary Charles Bradley: Soul of America, which showcased his talents to a wider audience.

The singer was forced to cancel tour dates in September, revealing that while he had beaten the stomach cancer he was diagnosed with in 2016, the cancer had now spread to his liver.

Born in 1948 in Gainesville, Fla., Bradley moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., when he was eight years old and endured a very tough childhood. He even spent time as a James Brown impersonator.

Charles Bradley - the powerful, dynamic vocalist known as the "Screaming Eagle of Soul" - has died.

"When I come back, I'll come back strong, with God's love".

In a statement last October when Bradley was first diagnosed with cancer, he said, "I will fight through this like I've fought through the many other obstacles in my life".

But even with a rich voice that evoked soul greats such as Otis Redding, he enjoyed little mainstream success on his own until the NY soul label Daptones signed him in the 2000s.

According to Bradley's rep, the singer died surrounded by family and friends, including members of bands he worked closely with throughout his career.

In lieu of flowers, his representative is asking that donations may be made to the following organizations: All-Stars Project or Music Unites.

Below is the 2016 video for Changes track "Good to Be Back Home".

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