Leonard Friend is garnering some attention as a fresh artist with some retro twists. His blended style of R&B mixed with indie and pop roots has brought on comparisons to Justin Timberlake, Jamie Lidell, Robin Thicke and Francis and the Lights.
With his debut release, Lynyrd Frynd EP, on the horizon, Friend is releasing a free download of the track “Serious Music,” along with an accompanying music video that was inspired by a Michael Jackson concept.
“The reason I came up with the seated idea for the video is because I tore my ACL and had surgery to repair it and didn’t want to wait until I was fully recovered to make a video,” Friend said. “I remembered a Michael Jackson performance at the Soul Train awards in 1993, where he sprained his ankle during rehearsal and performed sitting down. When I got up to dance that day at the end of the video, that was literally the first time I had danced in five months. We saved it for the end of the shoot in case I re-injured myself (which, thankfully, I didn’t).”
Free Download: Leonard Friend – “Serious Music”