LEON BRIDGES NAMED 2015 GRULKE PRIZE WINNER FOR EXCELLENCE AT SXSW
“With a voice that invokes legends like Hank Ballard and Donny Hathaway, Bridges…is the real deal” Fasterlouder
“We can’t escape the promise of greatness that we hear in his timeless songs…” Gorilla v. Bear
“It’s proof that there’s a difference between sounding old and sounding timeless. Leon’s music may sound like the ‘50s, but that doesn’t make it feel any less powerful today.” – Pigeons and Planes
“His as-yet-untitled debut album, due this summer, is suddenly one of the years most anticipated.” – Billboard Magazine
“ Leon Bridges, a singer from Fort Worth, played eight shows at SXSW, revealing a voice steeped in Sam Cooke and a kindly stage presence…” – Jon Pareles, New York Times
Fort Worth-based artist LEON BRIDGES has announced that his debut album COMING HOME will be released via Columbia Records and Sony Music Entertainment Australia on June 19th, 2015. Produced by Austin Jenkins and Josh Block of White Denim, and featuring Leon’s existing three tracks “Better Man”, “Coming Home” and “Lisa Sawyer”, COMING HOME is Leon’s debut album and first full length effort. The album will be available at digital and physical retailers.
The album announcement comes on the heels of Bridges’s first ever SXSW performances, in which the 25 year-old artist had a bounteous presence, performing to capacity crowds at A-level events including Heartbreaker at Willie Nelson’s ranch, the Gorilla-vs-Bear HypeHotel showcase, Spotify House and Saint David’s Church. His soulful, movement based performances and adept backing band garnered strong reviews from a variety of top-level media including the New York Times, Billboard and Grantland amongst many others. So successful was Bridges’s festival experience, he was awarded the prestigious 2015 Grulke Prize for Developing US Act. Writes Linda Park for SXSW, “Watching Leon Bridges’ trajectory through the festival was a supersonic experience… Bridges’ charismatic fusion of soul…made him one of the must-see acts this year.”
Not one to rest on his laurels, Bridges immediately followed up SXSW by making his debut network television appearance on the Late Late Show With James Corden on March 25th. Click here to see Bridges performance of ‘Better Man’: http://smarturl.it/LeonLate.
Bridges, a trained choreographer and dancer, is celebrated for his strong live presence. Fans have shown up in droves for his solo concerts; his New York City show at Mercury Lounge sold out in exactly one minute, followed by another sold-out show at Troubadour in Los Angeles. Leon will return to New York City for a Bowery Ballroom show on June 23rd which sold out in six minutes flat and a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, also sold out.
COMING HOME is out June 19th