This past Saturday, we woke up to the very sad news that the Screaming Eagle of Soul aka Charles Bradley had passed away after a battle with stomach cancer.
The man was a powerful energy on stage and in his recordings alike. I was fortunate enough to see him perform a couple times, I loved how tremendously captivating he was on stage, always taking us to church! Though he had a very tough life full of tragic and horrific events, it didn’t stop him from boldly preaching positivity and optimism, while also having a beautiful outlook on life.
From his debut album at age 62, to his most recent productions, the few albums he released (with the amazing Daptone crew and various collaborators) are considered instant classics by many, including myself. You can hear this powerful soul in every lyric he sang.
Rest in peace Mr. Bradley.