PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Music is a big part of the First Night Pittsburgh celebration.
Headlining the grand finale is Charles Bradley. He’s a former James Brown impersonator.
Bradley lives and breathes the spirit of ‘60s and ‘70s soul and funk.
He could be the closest thing to James Brown or Otis Redding in this modern day. And even in his 60’s, the man still has some pretty good dance moves.
It all comes natural for Bradley who says he’s been duplicating James Brown since he was a teenager.
“James Brown, I always liked his music,” said Bradley. “He had that funky music that really feeds your soul. So that’s what really pulled me toward him.”
A seven-member band known as “The Extraordinaires” will be backing Bradley up on the Highmark Stage for First Night.
The group will launch the Future of Pittsburgh’s grand finale when the 1,000-pound ball rises at midnight to 150-feet above Penn Avenue Place.
“You’re going to see the spirit of me come alive. That’s all I have to say,” said Bradley previewing his First Night performance. “When the feeling is good and the band is feeding me – ‘cause you know the food you like to eat and when it’s not good you kind of back off. And that’s the same thing with music.”
Bradley is living proof that it’s never too late to start living out your dreams.
He dropped his debut studio album just two years ago. He just released his second album, “Victim of Love,” in 2013. He is already working on a third.