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Bishop Briggs

Bishop Briggs is a Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter of dark, rock-influenced pop. Born Sarah Grace McLaughlin, she was briefly known as BISHOP before reverting to the full form of her branding inspiration, her family's hometown of Bishopbriggs, Scotland, in order to avoid confusion with a heavy metal band of the same name. Following the release of a pair of EPs in the late 2010s, she issued her official studio debut, Church of Scars, in 2018. Briggs was born in London to Scottish parents but attended school in Tokyo and Hong Kong before settling in Los Angeles after secondary school. There, she was heard performing in a local bar, which led to the recording of her first single, "Wild Horses," with the producing team of Mark Jackson and Ian Scott, who also helped launch the indie rock band DOROTHY. The song was licensed for an Acura TV commercial and became an Internet hit. Exhibiting shades of trip-hop with acoustic guitar, electronic beats, and a strong dose of soul, "River" followed in early 2016 and hit multiple streaming and social networking charts. The success of her early singles brought widespread exposure for Briggs, and by the fall of that year she was opening shows for Coldplay and Kaleo and had made her television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The re-release of her "Wild Horses" single fared well on U.S. charts and was later included on her self-titled debut EP in early 2017. March 2018 saw the release of the single "White Flag." All of these singles were featured on her debut full-length studio album, Church of Scars, which arrived in April 2018; it peaked in the Top 30 of the Billboard 200 and hit number eight on the Top Rock Albums chart. She quickly moved on to a new album cycle following a difficult breakup, which resulted in 2019's Champion, an empowering set of angst-filled anthems that included the singles "Champion" with Tom Morello and "Jekyll & Hide." The following year saw Briggs issue the anthemic single "Higher," as well as a cover of Queen's "We Will Rock You."
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