63 year old singer Charles Bradley has had a remarkable life, which the new documentary Soul of America showcases in great detail. Throughout his tumultuous and impoverished upbringing and adulthood, he developed a deep love for funk and soul music after witnessing a 1962 James Brown performance at The Apollo in New York City.
Though he played music consistently through the years, he never got a break in the industry until Gabriel Roth of Daptone Records saw him perform one night at the Tarheel Lounge in Bedstuy. His timeless voice and undeniable style was instantly recognized and thank heavens for that. At the age of 62, Charles released his debut album with the Menahan Street Band called No Time For Dreaming. If you haven’t heard this guy I suggest you cop that album as soon as humanly possible, pop it into your stereos and experience one of the best soul revival records around.
Keep an eye out for the new documentary Charles Bradley: Soul of America depicting his amazing story and rise to stardom, coming soon to SXSW 2012.