Bring It on Home: Leon Bridges

From bussing tables to playing at the White House in under two years, Leon Bridges has no plans to part ways with his humble beginnings.

“I love showing the world our perspective on soul. We’re not doing a James Brown or a Daptone thing—it’s a Texan thing”

The hearsay is true: Leon Bridges really is one of the nicest guys in the industry. Born in Georgia to a Louisianan family, Leon lived in Atlanta and New Orleans until his parents moved him to Texas just before his third birthday. Twenty years later, a serendipitous meeting at a little honky-tonk in Fort Worth introduced him to friends and musicians Austin Jenkins and Josh Block, two Texan boys from the nearby towns of Weatherford and Waxahachie. The duo convinced Leon—who was dish-washing at the time and had never set foot in a professional studio—to come record with them, and the debut album they pieced together, Coming Home, was picked up by Columbia Records and eventually peaked at number six on the US charts.

Now 26, Leon recently played for President Obama at the White House a...


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