Fort Worth-based artist Leon Bridges has announced that his debut album Coming Home will be released via Columbia Records on June 23rd, 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 announcement comes on the heels of Bridges’s first ever SXSW in which the 25 year-old artist had a bounteous presence, performing to at 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. 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.”
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.