Charles Bradley has the distinction of releasing a debut album at age 62. He’s performed as an entertainer (impersonating James Brown since he was 14) but it’s not been easy road for him – he’s served a homeless stint on the NYC subways as a teen, and . He finally got his big break when his debut album was released through Daptone Records – and now he’s releasing his second album, “Victim of Soul.” He told us a little bit about it at the Rolling Stone party at SXSW 2013.
In the spring of 2012, Soul of America, a documentary directed by Poull Brien, debuted at SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Poull Brien first met Bradley when he directed the music video for “The World (Is Going Up In Flames).” This feature film tells Bradley’s story from his childhood in Florida, to the humble days of homelessness and heartache, then later his gigs as Black Velvet, and finally ends with him touring and recording at Daptone Records. The film went on to play prominent festivals around the world, and the story and deserved legacy of Charles Bradley continues.