Watch Leon Bridges’ new video for “River”
One of 2015’s breakout artists for us here at XPN over the past year was R&B and soul singer Leon Bridges, who last year released a stunning debut album, Coming Home. Leon is playing a sold out show at The Fillmore with Son Little opening the show, and we just today got word that he’s also on the lineup for The Roots Picnic.
Bridges has shared a new video for “River,” and in an statement that he made to accompany the video he said:
“A river has historically been used in gospel music as symbolism for change and redemption,” Bridges writes via email. “My goal was to write a song about my personal spiritual experience. It was written during a time of real depression in my life, and I recall sitting in my garage trying to write a song which reflected this struggle. I felt stuck working multiple jobs to support myself and my mother. I had little hope and couldn’t see a road out of my reality. The only thing I could cling to in the midst of all that was my faith in God and my only path towards baptism was by way of the river.
Watch “River” below.