Music lovers take note: You definitely don’t want to miss Leon Bridges’ New Zealand debut. With his distinctive soul-blues-gospel stylings and full band in tow, Leon is set to blow the roof off the St James when he touches down in the country this Saturday the 9th January!
Hailing from Fort Worth, Texas, the 26 year-old is without doubt one of the year’s most talked-about artists with a stunning, critically acclaimed debut album and fast-growing reputation for mind-blowing live performances.
On his first-ever New Zealand visit, Leon will bring his unique brand of vintage soul and captivating on-stage presence, to one of Auckland's most beautiful historic theatres. He sold out his debut US tour in a matter of minutes earlier this year and just last month played to a full house in the hallowed Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY. Leon has also picked up a Grammy nomination for his soulful debut.
Leon performs smouldering ballads, elemental rock’n’roll and sassy big-band numbers with equal aplomb, testament to his broad appeal to critics and fans alike. His acclaimed debut album Comin Home hit top 10's around the world and has delivered three celebrated singles, with the buttery, seductive ‘Coming Home’ and the piston-driven doo-wop flavoured 'Better Man' demonstrating Bridges’ versatility.
Current single ‘Smooth Sailin’ is a brass-laden two-chord wonder with a hint of blues guitar to accompany Bridges’ trademark southern vocals.
The New York Times says that Leon “… has both an edgeless, soothing voice and a knack for swinging, idea-filled songwriting”. While NME writes that, “Coming Home exists in a satin-swathed time warp that takes you back 55 years.” That sounds like a bit of us!
Supporting Leon will be New Zealand based Tiny Ruins. Formed as a solo project in 2009 by Hollie Fulbrook, she now perform tracks from two widely acclaimed albums as a four piece, Tiny Ruins tour extensively around the world and the group’s haunting folk will make a spellbinding foil for the equally emotive sound of Leon Bridges and his band.
Photo from Radio NZ. Photographer Credit: Ben Howe
We are lucky enough to have a double pass to Leon Bridges to give away to one lucky Glory Days reader worth over $160.00! Please visit our facebook page to enter the draw before the competition closes on Thursday 7th Jan at 8pm.