5 Songs To Know By 2021 Soul Train Awards Performer Leon Bridges

This summer the R&B crooner debuted his third album 'Gold-Diggers Sound'.

When a Leon Bridges song begins you’re instantly transported to perhaps the first time you ever heard a classic soul record played. 

Bursting onto the scene in 2015 with his hit single “Coming Home,”  Bridges made it clear he was delivering a no-frills soul sound and did so each and every time. It wasn’t until this summer's release of Gold-Diggers Sound, that the songwriter began to really experiment with his signature sound. What resulted was an 11-track album that still kept his 50s and 60s inspired soul stylings that brought him recognition, but also introduced an 80s and 90s R&B element  and paired the two with jazz instrumentals.

Bridges is set to take the stage at the 2021 Soul Train Awards, ahead of the big celebration here are 5 songs you should know by him.

  • “Sweeter” ft Terrace Martin

    Bridges sings this emotional tune from the perspective of a Black  man taking his breath with lyrics such as Hoping for a life more sweeter / Instead I'm just a story repeating / Why do I fear with skin dark as night? / Can't feel peace with those judging eyes.

  • “Magnolias”

    While the guitar chords may have pulled you in accompanied with Bridge’s sultry voice on this song from his third studio album, nothing can prepare your ears for what happens at the 37 second mark. Just listen.

  • “Beyond”

    This track of Bridges’ 2018 album Good Thing, recently went certified platinum making his second successful song off the sophomore project.

  • “River”

    Off his debut album Coming Home, Bridges covers the topic of faith and uses a river as a metaphor in his songs--much like the artist he looks up to in the 50s and 60s.

  • “Coming Home”

    This is the title track of Leon Bridges' debut album and as soul as you can get from someone born in 1989--very impressive might we add. The overall album earned the singer a Grammy nomination in 2015 for “Best R&B Album”

    Watch the 2021 Soul Train Awards on Sunday, November 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET and BET Her.

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