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CULTURE | 19-05-2018 10:55

Leon Bridges to present new album at Niceto

The US soul and gospel star will present his new album Good Thing in Buenos Aires, his first stop on an international tour. Bridges will also play as a support act for former One Direction member Harry Styles across Latin America.

US singer-songwriter Leon Bridges will play in Buenos Aires on Tuesday. Bridges is visiting the city as his first stop on a six-month international tour that will take him across Latin America and Europe.

The Grammy-nominated star is promoting his second album Good Thing. Bridges gained fame in 2015 with his widely acclaimed debut album Coming Home, whose title track became an international hit gaining significant airtime in the US and Europe and making Spotify’s Top 10 Most Viral Tracks.

Critics have celebrated Bridge’s pure gospel and soul sound, and majestic voice. Before signing with Columbia in 2014, the Texan-born singer-songwriter and producer had been chased by at least 40 record labels.

As the story goes, Bridges had been washing dishes at Del Frisco’s Grille, a restaurant in Fort Worth, when he finally decided to sign with the label whose slate of stars currently includes the likes of Adele, John Legend, Aretha Franklin, Jack White, Mavis Staples, Pharrell Williams and Marvin Gaye.

The album Coming Home was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Bridges has played with Pharrel Williams and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

In 2015, The Wall Street Journal described him as a “throwback to ‘60s-soul a la Otis Redding and Sam Cooke.”

“Somebody asked me, ‘What are your inspirations? Sam Cooke?’ I was like, ‘Not really.’ I’d heard about him, but I wasn’t listening to him hard like that,” Bridges told NME. “So after that I started digging into soul music and that 1950s and ‘60s vibe. ... I love the realness and the simplicity of it. The soul music they were making back then was from the heart.”

Curiously, Bridges will play as a support act in South America for former One Direction member Harry Styles.

In Buenos Aires, Bridges will play Tuesday at 8.30pm at Niceto Club in Palermo and Wednesday during Style’s sold-out “Harry Styles: Live On Tour” show.

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