Angela Bofill: A Soulful Diva’s Journey Through Love, Loss, and Triumphant Returns

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The music world is heartbroken over the loss of R&B legend Angela Bofill, who passed away at age 70 on June 13, 2024. Her powerhouse vocals, captivating stage presence, and soulful anthems like “This Time I’ll Be Sweeter,” “I Try,” and “Tonight I Give In” made her an unforgettable icon.

Growing up in the Bronx with a Cuban father and Puerto Rican mother, Bofill’s music was a fiery fusion of Latin rhythms and smooth R&B vibes. She rose to fame in the late ’70s and ’80s, becoming a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. A singer-songwriter, Bofill also lent her talents to backing vocals for heavy hitters like Diana Ross.

But Bofill’s life wasn’t just about the music. Her marriage to Ron Isley of the legendary Isley Brothers was a whirlwind romance filled with passion and creative collaboration. Though their love story ended in divorce in 2002, it left an indelible mark on both their lives.

A single mom navigating the ups and downs of life, Bofill’s resilience and unwavering spirit shone through. She continued to raise her two daughters and pour her heart and soul into her music, inspiring fans with her strength and determination.

In the early 2000s, Bofill made an epic comeback, wowing audiences with her timeless classics and fiery performances. But just as her career was soaring, she suffered two strokes in 2006 and 2007, tragically affecting her ability to sing professionally.

However, it wasn’t the end. In 2019, Bofill made a surprise appearance at a concert in Urbana, VA, touring with her ex-husband Ron Isley and the Isley Brothers. It was a triumphant return, filled with the same passion and energy that had made her a star. She lit up the dance floor with male dancers, proving that
her spirit was unbreakable and that sixty is sexy. The free concert, focused on community building and advocacy led by Rev. Dr. William Barber of the North Carolina NAACP and a local union, was a testament to Bofill’s enduring connection with her fans and her commitment to social justice.

As we celebrate the life and artistry of Angela Bofill, we remember a woman who defied expectations, conquered challenges, and used her voice to uplift and empower. Her music will forever be a testament to her undeniable talent, unwavering resilience, and enduring spirit.