It’s been a banner year for Charles Bradley. And with a past as turbulent as his, checkered by childhood abandonment, homelessness, illness, poverty, and family deaths, he couldn’t deserve it more. Now 63, Bradley began his career at 14, by doing covers of late-great James Brown. After dedicating multiple decades to that pursuit, he decided to take a chance at finding his own voice. The gamble paid off, with the public embracing his soulful sound, and Bradley soon found himself opening for soul/funk singer Sharon Jones. Through continuing patches of adversity, Bradley managed to achieve his dream and put out his own album in January 2011, titled No Time for Dreaming. The critical success of the album was astonishing, and it even garnered a place on Rolling Stone’s List of 50 Best Albums of the year. Since topping the charts with No Time for Dreaming, Bradley has embarked on an ongoing worldwide tour, and has made multiple appearances on popular talk shows like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Last Call with Carson Daly.
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