Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - THE CULTURE -

LEON BRIDGES “It’s just crazy,” 26-year-old Leon Bridges says of his sud­den suc­cess. “It’s amaz­ing, but it’s so fast, I’ve be­come numb. It is in­sane that peo­ple want to come and see me, and fill up a sta­dium.” Bridges’ de­but al­bum Com­ing Home brings back a very def­i­nite soul vibe that neatly fills a mu­si­cal gap we didn’t even re­alise was there. He sings in a soul­ful way that re­calls the ’50s and the ’60s. “It was some­thing I de­vel­oped when I be­came a dancer,” he says. “You have to play a char­ac­ter a lot of the time. The essentials are high-waisted trousers and short-sleeved col­lared shirts; I like to put on a blazer here and there. I love the de­tail in a lot of those [vin­tage] shirts and jack­ets.” USHERA A free-spir­ited bo­hemian diva in the ur­ban mu­sic scene, Malaysian songstress Ushera Yu­sof has kept her fans en­thralled with her new sin­gle, “Give Me”. “It is about my ex­pe­ri­ence with a com­pli­cated re­la­tion­ship. But I got over it, and de­cided that if it’s go­ing to be a break-up song, it would be some­thing that I can dance to,” muses the singer.

Ushera’s feisty, go-get­ter at­ti­tude isn’t only preva­lent in her soul­ful an­thems. A fan of con­cep­tual shows, Ushera is never one to shy away from a play­ful, sul­try pres­ence. Asked on her lat­est in­spi­ra­tion for cos­tumes, she says, “I’ve been told by one of my au­di­ence mem­bers that I needed to find a more clever way to do my ‘big re­veal’ on­stage, and one of my stylist friend gave me a leather trench coat that I could use for that pur­pose. It works!”

Leon Bridges

Ushera Yu­sof

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