Charles Bradley opens up about his journey from homeless to headliner

Before becoming one of the most compelling voices in soul, a fairly recent development — he earned his break at 62 years old — Charles Bradley essentially lived homeless, drifting between odd jobs, playing small gigs as a James Brown impersonator. Those helped him hone his hip swivel and shrieking ad-libs before Gabriel Roth, co-founder of Daptone Records, heard them and offered him a shot. And then at 2011’s SXSW everything changed.