The more things change the more they stay the same. Leon Bridges, a new R&B artist from Texas, epitomizes this saying, just like Amy Winehouse did when she launched her career with her “new” old Motown sound.
(Columbia Records) Breakout Texas based R&B artist and singer-songwriter Leon Bridges has released his highly anticipated debut album Coming Home today via Columbia Records. The album, boasting ten original tracks including the previously released fan favourites “Coming Home”, “Better Man”, “Lisa Sawyer”, “Smooth Sailin” and “River”, is available both digitally and physically. Well received by critics across the globe, Coming Home has garnered positive accolades from a wide range of media, including Rolling Stone, NPR, The Guardian and NME amongst many others.
Known for his adept live performances, Leon Bridges will tour this fall in support of his eagerly anticipated debut album Coming Home. Tickets for the tour, his first ever headline tour, sold like wildfire, with tour dates in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, New York City, Toronto and Washington D.C. selling out within minutes. Due to overwhelming demand, additional dates have been added, including second shows in New York City and Los Angeles.
Leon’s rise can only be described as meteoric. Previously, Leon worked as a dishwasher and waited tables while performing at open mic nights around his hometown of Dallas/Forth Worth. After a chance meeting with Austin Jenkins and Joshua Block of noted band White Denim, who serve as producers on Coming Home, Leon went into the studio and cut his two breakout tracks: “Coming Home” and “Better Man”. The tracks debuted in October 2014 to positive fanfare on the celebrated music site Gorilla-vs-Bear and quickly began to rack up streams. Within weeks, Leon Bridges was signed to Columbia Records; charting on Spotify; performing at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, receiving the Grulke Award for excellence at SXSW and attending The Met Gala as a guest of Vogue Magazine.
Despite all of the accolades and buzz, Leon has one goal for listeners with Coming Home and forthcoming tour. Said Leon in a recent interview with Esquire Magazine, “I made it in my mind that I wanted to be as creative as I could…I’ve just got to give it 100 percent and be honest.”