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THE B-SIDE
Leon Bridges (Columbia)
5/9/15

WHAT IT IS: Leon Bridges’ rise from his roots in Fort Worth, TX, can be traced to his savant-like ability to deliver self-penned songs that sounded instantly classic. Bridges’ unique sound, an impassioned reset of gospel-tinged soul, was adroitly captured via vintage production techniques from White Denim members Austin Jenkins and Josh Block. Critics are praising him for resuscitating soul-stirring R&B with an unblemished batch of original songs that—as NPR noted—reminds us “why gospel meeting soul worked so magically at the dawn of the 1960s…yet the nimble, precise, vocalization Bridges provides feels so fresh.”

ALBUM: Coming Home

RELEASE DATE: 6/23

SINGLE: “Coming Home”

TV: The Late Late Show with James Corden; “River” featured in Beats by Dre/Marcus Mariota commercial for the NFL Draft

LIVE: Currently on tour with Lord Huron; sold-out headlining dates in N.Y., Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, Philly, London, Toronto; performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony

INTERNET: 3.7m Spotify streams for single worldwide, added to The Indie Mix Playlist Viral 50 playlist; 500k+ music video views

RADIO: Spinning Top 30 at AAA radio; performing Non-COMM in May; spin leaders include Sirius-XM Spectrum, KKXT, KCMP, WXRV, WCLZ, WRLT, KGSR; praise from NPR Music (“This kind of perfection is always relevant”)

PRESS: Coverage from N.Y. Times, Man Repeller, Gorilla Vs. Bear, Grantland, Rolling Stone, Fader, Complex, Stereogum, Vulture, WSJ, more

BOOKING: Bobby Cory, Jeff Azoff/CAA

PUBLISHING: Sony/ATV

MANAGEMENT: Jonathan Eshak, Zeke Hutchins/Mick Mgmt.

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