Daptone Records Releases Statement On Charles Bradley's Death

Charles Bradley

The soul singer began touring in the 1990s in small clubs as a James Brown impersonator under the stage name Black Velvet, belting out the late Godfather of Soul's famous hits.

Like his late label mate Sharon Jones - who died past year after a protracted battle with cancer - Florida-born, Brooklyn-reared Bradley was an old-school journeyman R&B performer who was launched to fame via a series of independent releases on Brooklyn's Daptone Records.

"He was diagnosed with stomach cancer in the fall of 2016 and underwent treatment", the statement said.

Bradley was diagnosed with stomach cancer past year, but later given the all clear following treatment. He would go on to release two more studio albums, the most recent being Changes in 2016.

While promoting that album, he performed on CBS This Morning - Saturday, earning an Emmy nomination for Outstanding On-Camera Musical Performance In A Daytime Program.

Bradley canceled a 2017 tour, but promised fans he would be back "with God's will". However, the disease was recently found to have spread to his liver.

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Bradley was born November 5, 1948 in Gainesville, FL, and moved to Brooklyn at the age of 8.

After moving around the country and enduring stints of homelessness, Bradley returned to NY in the 90s, where his music career began to flourish. "When I come back, I'll come back strong, with God's love". His pain was a cry for universal love and humanity.

Bradley died in NY on Saturday surrounded by family, friends and some of his bandmembers, according to a statement on his website.

Bradley's family have asked that those wishing to mark his death donate to the All-Stars Project and Music Unites charities. "Thank you for your thoughts and prayers in this hard moment", - stated in the message in the official account of the musician on Twitter.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Charles Bradley", his representatives said following his passing on Saturday (via Rolling Stone) "Always a fighter, Charles battled cancer with everything he had".

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