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The implied toughness of Bishop Briggs’ name suits her well for the performative strength expressed throughout her new album, CHAMPION. The record matches strutting, declarative percussion with the swelling choral elements of arena rock, layering both on a throughline of vulnerability. There’s a sobering badassery in Briggs’ marriage of aesthetic and naked self-exploration, the kind that invites a listening audience to bop their heads while doing soul-searching of their own, even if only on a subconscious level. Realizing personal introspection with the album blaring at the same time is a challenge: If CHAMPION can be distilled into a single word, that word is “loud,” whether in decibels or overdetermined wordplay.

The album’s title track, which was released over the summer, was written shortly before her breakup occurred, and therefore deviates a bit from her breakup anthem vibe, but is very Briggs: feminist, confident, honest.

“The meaning behind it being, as a woman, feeling like I have to be so many different things at once. You have to be powerful, but not too powerful. You have to be sexy but sweet. You have to be confident, but you have to be humble. And it’s just so exhausting,” Briggs says. “With this song, I just thought how different my world would be if I had some confidence.”

Sarah Grace McLaughlin (aka Bishop Briggs) at The Troubadour

Bishop Briggs was without a doubt one of the breakthrough act of 2016. We can only imagine how much this talented voice will rise in 2017, With a soft and lulling, yet compelling voice Briggs hits a whole new level of appeal with a blend of dark beats and galactic layers. Her unique mix of alternative r&b/soul is straight up dope, and absolutely addicting.

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From the moment Bishop Briggs’ compelling breakthrough single “Wild Horses,” you could tell this girl had it going on. Intrigued by her soulful voice and dope-ass beats, with all but a few songs released to her name, Bishop Briggs quickly turned heads. From her former home of Hong Kong and Japan, the London-born Scot, now living in Los Angeles, has been showing her sheen worldwide. Her debut track “Wild Horses” reached #1 on Spotify’s US Viral Chart , with airplay on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Show . 2016 has seen Bishop Briggs tour with Coldplay, Passion Pit and Kaleo. She’s also performed on national television with spots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers. It goes without saying that Bishop Briggs she’s only going to continue slaying in 2017.

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BISHOP BRIGGS – ” River “

Posted: November 17, 2016 in MUSIC
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It’s not often that alternative radio slaps you in the face on a sleepy Tuesday night, but that’s how I was first heard Bishop Briggs. When the electro-soul singer took the stage at historic West Hollywood venue The Troubadour, I had yet to hear so much as a note of her music. But there was a buzz about the sold-out show, and the few songs Briggs went on to perform during her set (“Wild Horses”, “River”, “The Way I Do”) struck me as familiar in the way that you think you’ve heard those songs before.

With a sound that blends huge beats with slithering rock melodies and a vocal that could topple a concrete wall, Briggs isn’t long for clubs like The Troubadour. A force of nature like this belongs in a arena. So I was gratified to find out, just a few months later, that the young singer from being relatively unknown was now opening for Coldplay at the Rose Bowl. It’s hard to go up from there, but I’m confident she’ll find a way.

The goal is to reach as many people as I can, and I think performing as if it’s your last really means putting everything you have into it. So whether it’s a small stage or the Rose Bowl — which is insane, that I can say I’ve played that now — I just try to keep that mentality of trying to prove to anyone and everyone that I’m worth listening to.