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Charles Bradley

“Why is it so hard”

What do you get when you cross James Brown with Otis Redding and a dash of Marvin Gaye? Why, Charles Bradley, of course. Bradley is one of the most soulful artists around these days, and he brings the 1960s-70s soul back to life with such natural ease you’d think he’s James Brown incarnated.

In fact, Bradley is a James Brown impersonator under the name “Black Velvet” and has imitated Brown’s greatness since he first saw him perform in the Apollo theatre in 1962.

Bradley has kept the soul alive to this day, still performing and still going it strong with the same soulful grunts and enthralling stage presence that Brown invoked throughout his career.

Charles Bradley is one of those musicians that you won’t soon forget. (Hat tip to A.T.)