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Charles Bradley

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Charles Bradley is no stranger to hard times. Born in Gainesville, Florida in 1948 and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Charles spent the better part of his childhood living on the streets. One of the more optimistic moments of his childhood came in 1962, when his sister took him to see James Brown at The Apollo. Brown’s energy formed a lasting impression on Charles. He went home and immediately began practicing microphone tricks with a broom attached to a string, imitating the Godfather’s every move. With his newfound inspiration came an urgent desire to get off the streets and make something of himself.

Charles made his way out of Brooklyn via Job Corps, a federal program for helping underprivileged families. His job placement took him to Bar Harbor, Maine where he learned to cook. While in Maine, he put together a band and began to pursue his passion for performing. He had his first taste of the stage when he was asked to perform for some female employees of Job Corps in Poland Springs. The ladies went wild and Charles knew that he was destined to be an entertainer. Unfortunately, his fate was put on hold when his band mates were drafted in the Vietnam War, and he was forced to find work as a chef in Wassaic, New York at a hospital for the mentally ill.

After nine years cooking for 3500 people a day, being harassed by local police officers, and having no musical outlet, Charles decided to leave Wassaic and head west in search of a dream.

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  • AlternativeDan

    Absolutely gorgeous night during Colours of Ostrava '14 gig, thx Charles! :)

    21 Jul 10:03pm Reply
  • LeCoinNawak

    He's so great

    5 Jul 8:07pm Reply
  • VincentGD01

    That soul vibe! He definitely needs more recognition

    28 May 5:55pm Reply
  • Eddie_Gonzalez

    fucking fantastic

    8 May 8:46am Reply
  • yooppie

    Harvey Specter has very good taste.

    4 May 1:57pm Reply
  • jonnylion

    Amazing

    20 Mar 1:14am Reply
  • otholic11

    Suits brought me here

    14 Mar 7:11pm Reply
  • TheEvilRiver

    Can't get enough of How Long. One of the best songs I've ever heard. Came here to visit after discovering an amazing new band: St. Paul & The Broken Bones. They reminded me of Mr. Bradley. Soul is alive and well!

    21 Feb 10:13pm Reply
  • OO78h

    really diggin the newest album. great stuff

    15 Feb 8:33pm Reply
  • Diametr

    GROOVY

    4 Feb 8:29pm Reply
  • ColdcutsMcgraw

    Shoutouts to Mr.Bradley in his role in the AD Christmas special. One of my favorite artists + one of my favorite cartoons = Magic

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Jokeish

    Discovered this guy through his role as Krampus in the Christmas American Dad episode this year. What an awesome voice, can't stop playing both his albums.

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • LosRastos

    Good)))

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • astralprison

    Really good stuff.

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Cvyeeen

    dat voice<3

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • El_Melomaniac

    How long is so dope!

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Punk-Fiction

    Victim of Love is nice.

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Arsylwi

    More soul than a shoe shop

    22 Jul 2013 Reply
  • AddickJase

    Came across Charles after watching his documentary on the BBCi Player. A touching story, and wonderful outcome in his life. I love listening/watching JB, so felt I had to buy Charles first album. I constantly listen to it over & over! Wonderful voice!!

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Dunnemin

    Amazing and beautiful. His voice and the music. Already know this will end up in my Top 10 of 2013!

    24 Jun 2013 Reply
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