Written by: Alex Green
Photo By Geoff Tischman
Charles Bradley, the dynamic Florida-born-New York-raised soul singer has revealed his cancer has returned.
The musician announced his recent diagnosis as well as the cancellation of his upcoming World Tour.
Touring behind his latest album Changes–which includes a cover of the Black Sabbath song of the same name–Bradley and his band The Extraordinaires have been soulful, tight and funky. But in recent weeks, Bradley has been feeling run down and not quite himself.
The 68-year-old singer said the cancer has spread to his liver, but has not returned to his stomach.
On his Facebook page, Bradley said he will be on the sidelines for the remainder of 2017.
Bradley was initially diagnosed with stomach cancer in October of 2016.
“I’m getting the best medical care and we are all extremely optimistic,” he said in a statement after his diagnosis. “I will fight through this like I’ve fought through the many other obstacles in my life. My upcoming tour dates will be postponed so I can concentrate on healing. Thank you all for understanding. Music is how I share my love with the world, and the love that my fans have given back brings me so much joy. I look forward to seeing your gorgeous faces soon, and to continue to share my love through music.”
After having the cancerous tumor removed, Bradley returned to the stage and has been in fighting shape ever since, playing show after show with energy and verve.
“There’s no one like him,” SEM’s David Porter said. “He’s truly a living legend–a titan on par with the likes of Otis Redding or Aretha Franklin.”
Through social media Bradley said: “I love all of you out there that made my dreams come true. When I come back, I’ll come back strong, with God’s love. With God’s will, I’ll be back soon.”