WITH A WARM VOICE AND COOL SILHOUETTE, MEET THE SINGER BRINGING SOUL BACK WITH EASE.
Not many artists can pull off authenticity like Leon Bridges. Echoing the tenderness of ’50s and ’60s R’N’B, this 26-year-old Texan’s voice is like butter, his delivery almighty, and his style enviable. No wonder he’s being hailed as the future of soul. What’s surprising is that were it not for a friend pointing out the similarities between Bridges’ early songs and R’N’B legend Sam Cooke, the Grammy nominee may never have found his voice. Though raised on a diet rich in gospel, Motown and R’N’B, and despite an obvious ability to croon and write, Bridges claims he was too shy to sing at church, instead earning his show legs as a dancer and choreographer. But his friend’s fateful comment was enough to spur him to dig into Cooke’s discography, where he found enough inspiration to pursue music as a career. A matter of months later, Bridges was recording with a local producer, dropping singles online, and fast on track to becoming one of the most hyped artists of 2015 for his debut album, Coming Home. Since then, this sophisticated singer has consistently picked up five-star live reviews and countless ‘one to watch’, ‘icon on the rise’ and ‘artist of the year’ prefaces, deserving every one. See why when he lands on our shores next month. Sydney, July 18; Melbourne, July 19; Splendour in the Grass, July 22; splendourinthegrass.com