Performing Arts - Music | September 7 | 7 p.m. | Hearst Greek Theatre
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.