Leon Bridges‘ debut run of Australian shows have been wildly praised, just as the 26 year old’s debut album Coming Home has through 2015. Arriving in Australia at the end of last year to perform at both the Falls Festival events down the east coast and in Tasmania, as well as his own headline shows, Bridges brought with him not only some wonderful, rich soul music, but an endearing and entertaining stage presence that hasn’t been easily forgotten.
We caught up with Leon after his set at the Mt. Duneed Falls Festival before New Year’s to talk through his first Australian appearances, the success of Coming Home and what this rise to fame has meant for this young musician outta Fort Worth, Texas, who is now also a Grammy nominee.
“The first time we recorded “Coming Home”,” he explains. “That was the first song we recorded; before that, it was just me playing around town with five people in the crowd, playing acoustic guitar. I had never recorded those songs, so to see that coming to life was when I really realised it was something special.”
With more shows lined up for 2016 and of course, the Grammys, Bridges remains humble about where he hopes his music will take him next.
“I just want my next record to better than my first one,” he says. “I want to grow as a performer and a singer and I really just want to make it to where my band and my family are set for life.”
Watch the full interview below!
Leon plays his final Australian show in Melbourne tonight at 170 Russell. Find out more about him and grab the album via www.leonbridges.com.