Artist Of The Day: Charles Bradley

posted by Shane German on 11/15/2019

Called "The Screaming Eagle of Soul", R&B singer Charles Bradley definitely didn't arrive as a recording artist by taking the easy route.

A gritty, fiercely passionate vocalist in the tradition of Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett, Bradley worked for decades as a journeyman soul shouter and sometimes-James Brown-impersonator before he was belatedly discovered by the soul-focused Daptone label.

Delivering plain-spoken original songs and idiosyncratic covers of rock tunes in a vintage R&B style, Bradley became the subject of a celebrated documentary (Charles Bradley: Soul of America), and cut numerous acclaimed albums. 

Charles Bradley died on Stomach Cancer in 2017 at the age of 68.  “Black Velvet” released after his death was his final album and featured covers by Neil Young and Nirvana. His song “Changes” is also the theme song to the popular animated series “Big Mouth” keeping his music and legacy alive for new generations for years to come.

Charles Bradley- The WYCE Artist of The Day.

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