Charles Bradley’s Soul Cover of Black Sabbath’s “Changes” is Heartwrenching


A little background on Charles Bradley in case the MetalSucks readership isn’t already familiar: the former James Brown impersonator released his very first album in 2011 at the age of 63-years-young after decades of working as a cook and other odd jobs all over the country and powering through bouts of homelessness. ’60s and ’70s R&B/soul revivalist label Daptone Records rescued him from obscurity and signed him, and we was the subject of a 2012 documentary entitled Soul of America. Quite a success story, eh?

I saw Bradley perform at SXSW this past year and the dude is the real deal — expressive and emotive with an overwhelmingly powerful voice and a captivating stage presence — and it’s hard to believe he spent so much time performing small gigs in even smaller towns before finally getting a shot. He’s taking full advantage of the shot now that he’s got it though; he’s released two albums in the past few years, toured extensively, and he just put out a Record Store Day single featuring a soul cover of Black Sabbath’s “Changes.” His performance here is enthralling enough — good God! — but the video — in which he doesn’t utter a word — is next level. Watch it below.

[via The PRP]

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