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Charles Bradley wants to dig even deeper into his soul

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Charles Bradley is grateful to New York's Daptone Records and producer/bandleader Thomas Brenneck for vaulting him from obscurity into international critical regard.

But with is second album, "Victim of Love," just out, the 65-year-old soul singer and onetime James Brown impersonator is looking to make some changes.

"I want to come out truly on my own," explains the Florida-born Bradley. "I want to break out with my own vision. We're not quite there yet. The people I'm with are great, but they don't know how to follow me. They don't know my hurts and my dynamics and what I've been through and my trials and tribulations and everything I put into my music.

" 'Victim of Love' is a beautiful album, but it needs more dynamics in it, to be honest with you. It needs some more pain, the way I feel it in me. It's hard to explain, but I know what I want, so I'm really going to be trying to do that on the next album."

Bradley holds out the possibility of still working with Brenneck and the musician who have backed him on his two albums. But he confesses that "I've got to be sort of a robot sometimes" in that situation and craves what he'd consider less stifling confines in the future.

"Some of the musicians are hurt because they say, 'Charles, I want to do it the way you tell me to,' but they can't," he explains. "The band knows what they're doing, but they're not doing it as I feel it. I'm giving the people out there what they want 'cause I love the music so much that I take all the hurts and pains and keep on going. But they haven't found the depths of me yet.

"So just give me an open door so I can come through and show the world who I really am. I'm not getting any younger. So these next five years or so, if God gives me the strength and wisdom, I want to show the world what they've been missing."

Charles Bradley & the Extraordinaires and Paul & the Tall Trees perform Friday, May 10, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

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