Charles Bradley has canceled the remaining tour dates for his fall and winter trek after doctors discovered a cancerous tumor in his stomach. He is taking time off to recover from the illness.
“I’m getting the best medical care and we are all extremely optimistic. I will fight through this like I’ve fought through the many other obstacles in my life,” Bradley said in a statement Tuesday. “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.”
Bradley spent the early part of his singing career as a James Brown impersonator named Black Velvet, but found success under his own name later in his career. He released his first solo album, No Time for Dreaming, in 2011 and was the subject of a 2012 documentary titled Soul of America. Bradley release his most recent record, Changes, in April.
Bradley had gigs lined up until January 2017, covering North America and Europe. The 67-year-old last played at The Meadows Music Festival in Queens, New York last weekend.
See his full statement below.