Signed Artist - Leon Bridges / by Eric Lum

Photo by Sarah Lee

Photo by Sarah Lee

Today we bring to you an Artist that jumps across countless genres to bring us a very nostalgic and sentimental old school sound.

Leon Bridges is a 26 year old gospel/soul singer who started off as a dishwasher singing at Open Mic Nights in Fort Worth, Texas, and is now a huge name across many different facets of the entertainment industry.

Leon’s first claim to fame came with his first single ‘Coming Home’ which he released via SoundCloud in 2014. He then released huge tracks like ‘Better Man’ and ‘Lisa Sawyer’ which garnered him nearly 1 million streams in less than a week. His sound has been compared to Greats Nat King Cole and Sam Cooke, which led Columbia Records to quickly snatch him up and sign him to a deal.

Leon released his debut album “Coming Home” via Columbia Records this June and it has charted all the way up to #6 in the U.S. and #8 in Australia and the U.K. He is currently playing to sold out shows across the country, and his music is featured in the new Will Smith movie, and potential Academy Award contender, “Concussion.”

While Leon was quickly snatched up by Columbia Records, our very own Tastemaker Jenny Oh recognized the necessity of Leon’s old school flavor in modern music even before they did when she recommended him to fanum.fm way back in November of 2014. We can’t wait to see who she introduces us to next.