Charles Bradley’s life would make a good movie — he lived in the projects, worked as a cook in a mental institution and performed a longtime gig as a James Brown impersonator.
In fact, his story already has been told in the 2012 documentary “Soul of America.”
After being “discovered” by the Daptone family — home of traditional soul-revivalists Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings — the singer recorded his first album in 2011 at age 62.
Earlier this year, he released “Victim of Love,” a soulful treatise on heartache and the promise of love.
Despite his varied life, Bradley still feels that his best years are ahead of him. “I’ve just begun opening up the book of my soul,” he said in a recent telephone interview.
His stage show has become legendary. “When I get onstage, I get very emotional,” he understated. “Onstage, my book is open.”
When • Wednesday, 8 p.m.
Where • The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City
Tickets • $22 at thestateroom.com