.
SXSW 2013: Charles Bradley on His Grandmother's Wisdom
'She never told me anything wrong'
March 16, 2013

At the Rolling Stone Rock Room Friday, soul singer Charles Bradley told an endearing tale about how his grandmother's wisdom informed his songwriting worldview. When a young Bradley asked his grandmother, "Grandma, why is there so much pressure and hatred in this world?" she responded by holding up a piece of charcoal and saying that it would one day be a diamond. "'Anytime you go through all these changes,' she said, 'remember your heart, and you can be a precious diamond,'" Bradley recalled. "My grandma never told me anything wrong."

Interview by Eric R. Danton; text by Joe Pinsker


blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

www.expandtheroom.com