If you haven’t heard the virtual hornet’s nest of buzz surrounding Leon Bridges, we invite you to get familiar immediately as he is tapped to be the next big thing. Often compared to Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, Bridges has the timbre, sincerity and styling of the classic soul men, with an updated vibe reminiscent of Aloe Blacc on Good Things and Raphael Saadiq on Stone Rolling. However, classic soul isn’t just an influence, it’s at the core of his artistic identity.
Springtime has been particularly kind to the 25-year-old Fort Worth, TX native, allowing him to deliver an absolutely spell-bounding performance at SXSW, where he was awarded the prestigious 2015 Grulke Prize for excellence in performance. He’s already made his television debut as well, with a breakout performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
As gifted a songwriter as he is a vocalist, his sound is only further enhanced by the sonic acumen of his producers, two members of White Denim, Austin Jenkins and Josh Block, known for their layered progressive/psych-rock sound. Bridges, a trained choreographer and dancer, is celebrated for his strong live presence with an ever increasing legion of fans showing up for his solo concerts.
Leon Bridges first gained fan and critic popularity in the U.S. with his single “Coming Home,” which shares the name of his forthcoming album set for a June 23rd release date. He’s also released three other tracks off of the upcoming Coming Home album like “Lisa Sawyer,” “River” — which has found its way into the latest Beats by Dre commercial — and “Better Man.”