Soul singer Charles Bradley is battling stomach cancer and has canceled several tour dates, according to a statement posted on his official Facebook page Tuesday. The 67-year-old singer issued a statement saying he’s determined to come back stronger:
“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. My upcoming tour dates will be postponed so I can concentrate on healing. 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 and his band, The Extraordinaires, have toured throughout 2016, including a stop at NPR Music’s SXSW Showcase in March, but canceled a number of recent performance dates. The singer released his powerful third album, Changes, earlier this year via the retro-soul label Daptone Records. His labelmate on Daptone, Sharon Jones, is also suffering from cancer, which she opened up about with Fresh Air earlier this year.