Leon Bridges :: Biography

Leon Bridges, Todd Michael Bridges, was born on July 13, 1989, in Fort Worth, Texas. He is best known for his song "Coming Home", which received regular airplay and was also a Top 10 Most Viral Track on Spotify. Bridges's debut album, which is also titled Coming Home, was released on June 23, 2015 on Columbia Records.

Bridges began his career by writing songs and learned guitar in order to play simple chords to accompany his lyrics. He played at open-mic nights around Fort Worth, like the famous Forever Jamboree at The Grotto, while working as a dishwasher until he was signed by Columbia Records in 2014. It was his song "Lisa Sawyer", about his mother's conversion, that first defined his style.

Bridges began writing and performing 1950s and '60s-style soul music and he began to attract followers and his break into the music industry has been attributed to meeting guitarist Austin Jenkins and Joshua Block of White Denim . It was Bridges's performance of "Coming Home" that caught the attention of the two. They recorded an album with vintage equipment, using local musicians affiliated with White Denim. Bridges released two demo songs on Soundcloud in late 2014. "Coming Home" received airplay from local radio stations. It attracted the attention from a number of record labels with Bridges eventually signing with Columbia Records in December 2014.

His debut album was released in the summer of 2015. "Coming Home" is featured in an Apple iPhone 6 commercial. The album was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.

Aside from his own shows, Bridges also supported Pharrell Williams at the newly renamed Apple Music Festival on the 26th September. While opening at the intimate Roundhouse, he was able to perform hits such as "River", "Better Man" and "Lisa Sawyer" from his debut album Coming Home.