Founded all the way back in 1887, the company is now the oldest surviving brand name in recorded sound, and only the second to produce recorded records. At this year, he nabbed the Grulke Prize for Excellence Now, the rising soul singer will bring on the flood with his debut full-length album, Coming Home, due out June 23rd via Columbia Records. A simple glance at the album cover and 30 seconds of namesake track 'Coming Home' shows clearly where Leon Bridges is coming from. Tidy compositions, worked and arranged with the same care that brought such success to his illustrious peers from the 1960s. In 2015, however, the thought of a young artist seemingly transported from a bygone era — 52 years prior, to be exact — requires no imagination whatsoever.
Impeccable in production, and oozing class - one that will surely please fans far and wide. But Bridges is not just simply 'reminiscent' of these legendary artists, with his first album, released at Columbia, containing original music - truly impressive and instanly timeless material! The three previously released tracks — , , and the title track — will all feature on the record. For those who hold younger artists to an impossible standard of authenticity, Bridges is unlikely to receive a passing grade. Following in the footsteps of Otis Redding, Smokey Robinson and especially Sam Cooke, this Texan songwriter of just 25 years is a walking mausoleum erected to the eternal glory of soul music. Listen to it below and give yourself up to sound.
. Steamy ballads, sensual blues, and up-tempo gospel all have their parts to play here, as Bridges demonstrates a prowess well beyond his young years in every element of his music, singing divinely and somehow managing to be completely original from first to last. You can also peep Bridges upcoming tour itinerary, but be forewarned: Most of these shows are already sold out. He was born in 1989. Over 125 years later, it is safe to say that Columbia Records, now part of the Sony Music Group, has established itself a timeless icon in music. On arrival, Coming Home is a soul record that will take purists back to the heyday of the genre.
Bridges has been rising in stature for some time now, thanks in no small part to his incredible voice and knack for arrangements that transport us to a bygone era. . . . . . .
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