Soul artist Charles Bradley to perform in Anchorage February 2015

Soul/funk artist Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires will perform at the University of Alaska Anchorage this February.

Bradley started out performing as a James Brown impersonator under the name "Black Velvet." His powerhouse vocals caught the attention of Gabe Roth, co-founder of independent funk and soul label Daptone Records. Bradley's music career exploded with the 2011 release of his debut album, "No Time For Dreaming," which was followed by widely acclaimed performances at South By Southwest, Bonnaroo and other major festivals. His 2013 release, "Victim of Love" has been met with similar critical acclaim.

Before his music career took off, Bradley struggled with homelessness, working odd jobs across the country. Those struggles and the murder of his brother is the subject of a recent documentary "Charles Bradley: Soul of America."

Bradley will perform at the Williamson Auditorium Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door ($15 in advance and $20 at the door for UAA students).

Tickets become available Thursday, December 18, 2014, online or in person at the UAA Student Union Information Desk.