Written by Live Nation Staff • Photography by MIchael Amico, Live Nation • December 15, 2016
Bishop Briggs’ rise to success seemed to have happened overnight, but the sultry-voiced singer has been practicing her singing and songwriting since she was old enough to carry a tune. You can see photos of her performance at the second night of KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas in the gallery above!
Traveling from London to Tokyo then to Hong Kong, the young singer — whose real name is Sarah Grace McLaughlin — has been performing and practicing for years across the globe. Now based in LA, she is making a place for herself in the pop scene of the world’s entertainment capital.
Though she currently only has five singles out, when you hear McLaughlin sing, you know that this is only the beginning for the passionate artist. The singer spoke to Idolator about her journey as an artist and told them, "Every day that I wake up, and I get to perform and write and talk to people about music is a day that I really don’t take for granted.” Growing up listening to soul records, like those of Arethra Franklin and Otis Redding, McLaughlin channels her emotions through her work. The 24-year-old artist has darker themes running through her music, with a sound that crosses between soul and pop, adding in hints of electronic and trap bits.
As we’re closing out 2016, lets take a look at the last year through the lens of Bishop Briggs. In late 2015, her song “Wild Horses” was featured in an Acura commercial, giving her some Shazam-assisted exposure. The London-born singer is most well known for her song “River,” a sharp grunge pop tune that was released in January and was an immediate tidal wave success. It wasn’t long before it hit the number one spot on Hype Machine’s popular charts as well as on Spotify’s Global Viral 50, paving the way for Bishop's international recognition. Briggs had even toured with Coldplay, opening up for them on nine stops of their tour from August through September.
We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for this rising star.