From Fort Worth in Texas comes Leon Bridges, the soul and gospel star whose music takes you right back to time of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke.
After starting to play guitar chords to go with his original vocals a few years ago, Leon became a regular at a local open mic night, whilst also working at the joint as a dishwasher. It was here that Bridges first performed his own track Coming Home, which has since rocketed him to stardom as a new signing at Columbia Records, with the single becoming known worldwide, even being pipes as one of the Top 10 Most Viral Tracks on Spotify.
Coming Home was officially released in February and was produced by White Denim band members Austin Jenkins and Joshua Block, who wanted to undertake a project using vintage equipment and an old style of artist, making Bridges fit the bill perfectly. They are now working with Bridges on his debut studio album that will be released on 23rd June. The LP will feature a number of artists local to Leon including Quaker City Night Hawks, Patriot and The Orbans amongst others.
With the album already being named by the New York Times as one of 2015’s albums to look forward to, Leon Bridges is heading into a bright musical future. With a world tour already underway, Bridges is currently making his way round the US, however he will be making his way over to Britain where he will play in The Temple inside Birmingham’s The Institute on Tuesday 7th July.
Tickets go on sale for Leon Bridges in Birmingham on Friday 1st May 09:00am.
Words by Josh Plews
Image courtesy of SJM Concerts