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On his sophomore album Good Thing, Leon Bridges’ voice breaks into the debut single “Bad Bad News” in much the same way the artist broke into the public eye in 2015 – forcefully, honestly, and all at once. “They tell me I was born to lose,” he sings with characteristic soulfulness, “but I made a good, good thing out of bad, bad news.”
The lyric is a fitting way to sum up a whirlwind ascent for the young artist. In 2015, Bridges’ first album, Coming Home, surprised the music industry by debuting at #5 on the Billboard Top 200. Only months prior, he had been playing sparsely attended open mics in Dallas-Fort Worth after work washing dishes at a local restaurant. In a span of three years, Coming Home would take Leon to the White House to perform for former President Obama, see him on the stage of Saturday Night Live and earn him nominations for two Grammy Awards including Best R&B Album. The debut album has gone on to sell over 500,000 records (certified RIAA Gold) and has been streamed 350 million times and Leon now regularly sells out 10,000-person capacity rooms in cities around the world.
Gone are the days of Leon Bridges, the up-and-comer with potential. In the years since the release of Coming Home, Leon has proved himself a true artist with staying power. Good Thing cements him as complex, multifaceted, and capable of making groundbreaking work. “I really wanted to prove to people that I can exist in any genre, but still be myself,” he says intently. “I don’t want to be the R&B underdog anymore.”
It just doesn’t happen often enough anymore. In fact, the whole ordeal sounds like something that Motown might’ve organized back in ‘72.
However, the year was 2018, and we can thank Morton Records for the evening…
In late January, GRAMMY® Award- and Dove® Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, Morton Records founder, and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton called his live band, The Matt Jones Orchestra, and a bevy of high-profile special guests to Power Station Studios at Berklee NYC. The next day, his critically acclaimed 2017 opus, Gumbo [Morton Records], would compete in the categories of “Best R&B Album” and “Best R&B Song” for “First Began” at the GRAMMY® Awards—yet everybody focused on the magic of the moment at hand. In just one take over the course of forty minutes, these musicians performed the nine songs comprising Gumbo live. The result would be the artist’s 2018 offering, Gumbo Unplugged.
“When people listen to me, I hope it inspires them to be themselves, be proud of who they are, and be confident in their creativity,” he leaves off. “I want to showcase real musicians in this way again. I’m also proud we made this record in New Orleans. I’d love to encourage my city. It’s possible to get far in the music business by doing it right here. You don’t have to leave. I actually came back to get here,” he smiles.