Todd Michael “Leon” Bridges is arguably one of the most soulful singers of our time. The Texas artist released his debut album Coming home on the 23rd of June 2015. Coming home pays homage to great soul singers like Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and has a strong Sam Cooke influence. The album can pass for a 60s R&B classic. Bridges is referred to as an artist who is “comfortable living in the past”. It is surprising to find a young man who grew up in the ‘90s making music that transcends his era. He was a shy kid who was too insecure to audition for the church choir. After his parents separated at 7, he started to feel lost in the world. He felt alone even though at some point he lived with over 10 of his relatives. He grew up poor and he often felt like no one wanted to befriend him. He quickly learnt to drown his pain in music but not soul music, hip hop and R&B with his favourites being Usher and Genuwine. His rise to fame started with the release of his first official single “Coming Home” which is the title track of the album. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia but was raised in Fort Worth, Texas. While growing up he performed at talent shows and open mics, and he played the guitar to accompany his performances. He struggled to make ends meet as he worked two jobs, one cleaning tables and the other, washing dishes. He lived with his mother and worked hard to support the family after she lost her job. While performing his songs written in a in 1950s and 60s soul music style, he met Joshua Block and Austin Jenkins from the rock band White Denim. He caught their eye while performing “Coming Home” to a crowd of just 5 people, and they produced the album with vintage equipment. This was probably responsible for creating the unique old skool sound of the album. Coming Home was nominated for a Grammy in the best R&B album category. It debuted at number 6 on the Billboard 200 chart and it had positive reviews with critics. It takes you back 55 years on a trip to the start of soul music. Though he is often celebrated for keeping the classical genre alive, he is also criticised for being a “Nostalgia act” because he makes great 60s R&B music but he did not add his unique spin to it. His debut album gave you a feel of Bridges soul but he reminded us a little too much of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. Some critics also disagree with the notion of him being a nostalgia act. Ryan Patrick of Exclaim said “this is not just a nostalgia act; this music is coming from the soul”. The album received favourable ratings; Pitchfork rated it a 7/10 and the Rolling Stone gave it a 4.5/5 rating. The album gave Leon Bridges his fast track to fame. His personal style also seems like a marketing strategy but Bridges swears it is not. His mother’s friends passed down some of his old clothes to him while he was a teenager. Since then Bridges has been wearing vintage 1950s-60s style clothing.