There is only one serious musician who can bring soul music back to America. We recommend Leon Bridges.
We come to this decision easily. This website has not recommended a musician as a way to spend your free time since earlier this month, when we told you about all of the top concerts coming to Dallas-Fort Worth this month — if you're counting, that was at least three brunches ago.
Song vs. song, concert vs. concert, this election is no contest.
In Bridges' two years in the public eye, he has displayed impressive talent and dedication, getting his start by busking in the street and performing at open mic events in Fort Worth before making it big with his hit song "Coming Home." He has been nominated for a Grammy, sung at the White House (alongside fellow D-FW-raised musician Demi Lovato) and performed on Saturday Night Live.
From festival appearances and world tours to movie soundtracks and glossy magazines, Bridges has been, both literally and figuratively, everywhere.
This Sunday, he returns to where it all began with a sold-out headlining gig at Fair Park Music Hall in Dallas. The R&B magnate takes the stage with support from English songstress Lianne La Havas.
As one of Dallas-Fort Worth's most recent break out stars, Bridges has shown a light on the local music scene, which traditionally resides in the shadow of other places like New York City or Los Angeles. It's no accident that publications as far reaching as The Telegraph have come here to see the special place that bred this special musician — Bridges has always remained proud of his hometown.
Bridges has often been dogged by questions about this style, whether or not his sharp dressing was a byproduct of fame. But for as many naysayers, there are equally many supporters. The soul singer was the poster boy for GQ magazine's spread on "the everyday suit" and featured as one of music's "men of style" by Billboard.
"This style is life to me," Bridges recently told the Dallas Observer. "I don't get off the stage and go out in Jordan's and a fitted cap."
In his quick rise to stardom, Bridges has been presented with numerous creative opportunities, and has become known for both the quantity and quality of his ventures. In 2015, he teamed up with A-list actor Will Smith to pen a song for the based-on-a-true-story film Concussion. You'll also find him on the soundtrack to Netflix's original series The Get Down and Kacey Musgraves' forthcoming Christmas album.
Though only 27 years old, Bridges takes us back to a time before his own birth. He brings back some of the best parts of '50s and '60s soul music and makes his fans nostalgic for an era that most of them likely didn't live through.
Leon Bridges has spent years in front of a microphone producing awesome music. In this race, at this time, he deserves your listen.