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This year, we’re celebrating an extended Black History Month by highlighting a variety of rising artists who are creating history before our very eyes. While Leon Bridges’ time in the public eye has been short, his impact has been an enduring one; few artists have enjoyed the type of commercial and critical run the soul singer-songwriter is on right now.

After inking a deal with Columbia Records, Bridges won raves for Coming Home, his debut album released in June 2015. A collection of songs that recalls the warmth and musical skill of Sam Cooke’s discography, Coming Home has earned a GRAMMY nomination for best R&B album, and Bridges has performed on Saturday Night Live and at the American Music Awards since its release.

This week, Fuse is proud to feature Leon Bridges as its latest Fuse First artist. In less than a year, the singer-songwriter has gone from a complete unknown to one of the hottest names in popular music; imagine what he’ll accomplish in the many years in front of him.