Leon Bridges' first strides as an R&B artist prompted comparisons to legends like Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, but he quickly came into his own as a Top Ten, multiple Grammy-nominated artist.
The singer, songwriter honed his talent performing in and around his native Ft. Worth, Texas, and stirred up music industry interest with Soundcloud uploads of analog recordings produced by Niles City Sound’s Justin Block and Austin Jenkins. Signed to Columbia Records, Bridges' first singles, including a rich ballad written about his mother, appeared in 2015 with a sound that evoked classic R&B and soul. His debut album, Coming Home, followed four months later. It debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for two Grammys: Best R&B Album and Best Music Video.
In 2016 and 2017, Bridges' was active as a performer and collaborator. He co-wrote and was featured on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Kevin," Nick Waterhouse "Katchi," and Kacey Musgraves' "Present Without a Bow." Additionally, he recorded "On My Own" with Lecrae and connected twice with Gary Clark Jr., for Live North America 2016 and on a collaborative cover of Neil Young's "Ohio." Work with Aminé and ODESZA was also out by the end of 2017. Early the following year, Coming Home was certified gold by the RIAA. Shortly thereafter, Bridges released Bet Ain't Worth the Hand / Bad Bad News, the first two songs off his contemporary and stylistically broader second album, Good Thing, released in May.