Leon Bridges

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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

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