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S.O.U.L = Something Outstanding Urges Listening

Soul music can be described as Something Outstanding Urges Listening, that someone is Charles Bradley
Charles Bradley at the Eddy

Charles Bradley at the Eddy /Kaitlyn Peterson

Old School Mic Stand Trick

Old School Mic Stand Trick /Kaitlyn Peterson

Bradley Giving his All

Bradley Giving his All /Kaitlyn Peterson

What is soul music? Its an undeniable raw sound which evokes a special feeling. Soul can also be describes as "Something Outstanding Urges Listening." The closing act of the 2015 Eddy music festival, Charles Bradley blessed Grand Rapids with the oportunity to enjoy soul music. Rarely do you get to see a show that can move ya bones with little to no effort.

Charles Bradley is a rare throwback artist at a time where disposal music runs rampant throughout our culture.  With moves that rivaled The Temptations, his act inspired awe as Bradley blazed the stage in a gold sequined suit. In a world where wireless microphones reign, Bradley performed with a microphone that had a cable, reflecting his throwback nature. He had a plethora of microphone stand tricks, which rivaled the likes of Jackie Wilson.  

Charles Bradley has a unique story as his humble music beginnings started as a James Brown impersonator. At the tender age of 62 preforming his Godfather of Soul act he was discovered and signed by Daptone records. Rarely does anyone get the chance to have a record deal, especially at the ripe age of 60 plus. With songs like Where Do You Go From Here and Confusion, his stage presence broadcasts the fact that he cherishes every moment performing. 

Charles Bradley gave his heart, he grabbed the microphone and stated, ” I am here to party, will y'all be joining me tonight?”

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