It’s been a busy 24 hours for Leon Bridges.
The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter from Fort Worth spent yesterday in Washington D.C., appearing at the White House as part of the “In Performance at the White House” concert series.
Bridges, along with fellow Texan Demi Lovato, Jussie Smollett, Usher, Brittany Howard and several others, performed Charles classics — Bridges, wearing one of Charles’ jackets, sang Lonely Avenue, which you can watch right here — and the whole event is worth watching, which can you do below (skip to about the hour and 27 minute mark) or wait for tomorrow night’s national broadcast on PBS.
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Yesterday also saw the release of the stark, elegant video for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ new single, Kevin, which features Bridges singing the haunting chorus. (You can watch it below.) The track will appear on the rappers’ album, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, which is out Friday.
Last but not least, yesterday also saw Leon Bridges add one more accolade to his considerable list of accomplishments. His debut album, Coming Home, was one of a dozen nominated for the inaugural American Music Prize.
As Billboard reported yesterday, Bridges is in some elite company, with Chris Stapleton, Azealia Banks and Benjamin Booker among the nominees. The American Music Prize will be awarded March 2 in Nashville.