Watch Leon Bridges Talk Bringing Classic Soul to No. 1: 'This Is More Than a Gimmick'

Kathy Tran
Leon Bridges photographed on June 17, 2015 at Shipping & Receiving in Fort Worth, Texas.

"I wanted to go back to the roots and honor the artists of the past." And that's exactly what Leon Bridges did, taking his debut album, Coming Home, all the way to No. 1 on the R&B Albums chart in July.

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But just because he idolizes classic soul singers of the 1960s doesn't mean that he's putting on an act. "This is more than a gimmick," he tells Billboard in the video below. "The way that I dress, people on the outside don't know this is what I love to do. I wanted people to see that I'm writing honest songs from the heart."

Watch Bridges and his team talk about the No. 1 album below:

 

 

Billboard Year in Music 2015