Charles Bradley’s final wishes will be fulfilled with the release of the last songs he recorded. Bradley, who passed away following a battle with stomach cancer in 2017, wrote and recorded “Lonely as You Are” in New York shortly after his diagnosis, and the song was released posthumously today. A second track from the session, “Lucifer,” will be released next month. Continue reading →
Charles Bradley,The Screaming Eagle of Soul, tragically passed away after a battle with cancer last year, but his remarkable voice screams on in posthumous album Black Velvet, which you can listen to now on NPR Music’s First Listen. “Black Velvet” was Bradley’s working name as a James Brown impersonator and the soul icon’s presence is tangible in Bradley’s music.
Musical inspirations aside, Black Velvet stands on its own. The album collects ten songs recorded during the sessions from each of his previous three albums, including three covers: Nirvana’s “Stay Away,” Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” and “Slip Away” by Rodriguez. Continue reading →
It’s true that the late Charles Bradley spent much of his life trying to be James Brown — for years, he made a living impersonating the hardest working man in show business under the moniker “Black Velvet” in Brooklyn nightclubs. While his own music is certainly influenced by Brown’s energized sound, Bradley found his own voice reviving the heart-aching R&B music that rose in parallel with Brown’s funk. You can hear that in full effect on the nostalgic “Can’t Fight the Feeling,” the latest teaser track from Bradley’s posthumous record Black Velvet, out November 9 via Dunham Records. Take a listen below. Continue reading →
Charles Bradley passed away one year ago, but his life is celebrated in the form of Black Velvet, the posthumous album set to release November 9. HIs label Daptone Records has launched a website featuring murals by Chicago-based artist Joe Miller, who will paint his larger-than-life icons of Bradley in cities around the world. The first mural went up in Chicago, and you can watch a time-lapse video below set to the grooving, passionate “Luv Jones.” Continue reading →
It’s been nearly a year since the passing of The Screaming Eagle of Soul, Charles Bradley, who lost his battle with cancer not long after performing at 2017’s XPN Fest. This fall, though, Bradley’s music will live on in the form of Black Velvet, his posthumous final album.
Compiled by Bradley and his producer/co-writer Thomas “TNT” Brenneck, the 10-track album will feature songs spanning the soul and funk singer’s decade-long career, and will include covers of Nirvana’s “Stay Away” and Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold.” Dunham and Daptone Records will release Black Velvet on November 9, and lead single “I Feel a Change” is out now. The accompanying video shows black-and-white footage of Bradley as he records and performs. Continue reading →
Thinking back on the artists we lost over the year 2017, one name looms large: Charles Bradley. The powerful vocalist and commanding funk/soul/rock and roll frontman lost his battle with cancer this autumn, not even two months after his thrilling performance at the XPoNential Music Festival.
From XPNFest, Bradley and the band traversed the country to Portland, Oregon, to play his final two shows at the Pickathon music festival…and today, video from night one has made its way into the world, care of NPR Music. Watch a remarkable performance of “Lovin’ You Baby” below. Continue reading →
On September 23rd, soul revivalist Charles Bradley passed away after a battle with cancer. Bradley’s vintage rasp will be immortalized in the soul history books and his charismatic energy will continue to touch the hearts of anyone who has heard his music.
Since the beginning of his career, Bradley has been a signee of soul revivalist heavyweight Daptone Records. Recently, Daptone has released a seriously touching video that follows Bradley through a short trip to Vienna where he gets inspired by a beautiful middle-aged church in the heart of the city. The four minute tribute video effectively shows the late Bradley’s piety, positivity, and compassion. The world lost a great voice and an even better man in Bradley and Daptone does a great job in remembering the soul legend in the video below.
Very sad news to report this afternoon; charismatic soul singer Charles Bradley has passed away at age 68. Continue reading →
Our thoughts and well-wishes go out to one of our favorite performers in recent years — funk / soul / rock and roll singer Charles Bradley, who revealed today that he is undergoing treatment for liver cancer. Continue reading →