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Sarah Grace McLaughlin (born 18 July 1992), better known as Bishop Briggs, is a British[2] musician, singer, and songwriter. Her single "River" was a number three hit in the US Alternative chart[3] and she released her debut album Church of Scars on 20 April 2018.[4]

Bishop Briggs
Briggs performing in January 2019
Briggs performing in January 2019
Background information
Birth nameSarah Grace McLaughlin
Born (1992-07-18) 18 July 1992 (age 27)
London, United Kingdom
OriginLos Angeles, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • keyboards
Years active2015–present
LabelsIsland[1]
Websitebishopbriggs.com

Early lifeEdit

Sarah Grace McLaughlin[5][6] was born in London on 18 July 1992,[7] the daughter of Scottish parents from the town of Bishopbriggs, which later inspired her stage name. At the age of four, she moved to Tokyo with her family. She sang in public for the first time at a Tokyo karaoke bar, and realised she wanted to be a performer. Growing up with the city's karaoke bar traditions and hearing music ranging from Motown musicians to The Beatles at home also inspired her to pursue music. She started writing her own songs at the age of seven, and would perform them for her family. She moved to Hong Kong at the age of 10, where she lived until she was 18. She continued to pursue music throughout her youth, participating in a number of school talent shows and performances. After graduating from Hong Kong International School, she moved to Los Angeles and attended college at Musicians Institute.[8]

CareerEdit

2015–2017: Debut singles and EPEdit

After moving to Los Angeles, Briggs wrote and played all over the city in any venue she could, eventually recording her first single "Wild Horses" in July 2015. Many listeners found Briggs via Shazam when seeing an Acura commercial which features the song. In late 2015, "Wild Horses" began climbing the charts again, entering the top 30 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and top 13 on the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artist charts.

In January 2016, Briggs released the single "River". The song was a commercial success. The song reached number 1 on Hype Machine's Popular charts and on Spotify's US Viral 50 and #2 on the Global Viral 50.[9] It also received an Honorable Mention on Shazam's predicted Songs of the Summer 2016, which was featured in Billboard. "River" climbed into the top 3 on the 'Billboard Alternative Songs chart and top 10 on the Billboard Hot Rock, Rock Airplay and Twitter Emerging Artist charts.[citation needed]

In May 2016, she released her third single, "The Way I Do". She was the opening act for Coldplay in the fall of 2016 on nine of their tour dates,[10] and also opened for Kaleo throughout their fall tour.[11] Briggs made her television debut on 1 August 2016, performing "River" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.[12] She released her fourth single, "Pray (Empty Gun)" on 12 August 2016.[13] The song was featured in the season 2 finale of the MTV show Scream.[14] On 23 September 2016, Briggs released the single "Be Your Love".[15] Her first physical release was a self-titled 12" vinyl EP in a limited-edition run of 1,200 copies, released on Record Store Day Black Friday in 2016.[16]

In December 2016, Briggs released the official video for "Wild Horses" through W Magazine.[17]

Bishop Briggs opened on the main stage at the 2017 Panorama Festival in New York City and played Coachella 2017.[18] Briggs contributed to the soundtrack of xXx: Return of Xander Cage with her song "Mercy". She featured in Cold War Kids' song "So Tied Up", released in March 2017.[19]

Briggs' self-titled EP was re-released digitally on 14 April 2017, featuring four songs released on the vinyl EP and two previously unreleased songs, "Dark Side" and "The Fire".

2018: Church of ScarsEdit

In February 2018, Republic Records released Briggs' cover version of the 1988 INXS hit "Never Tear Us Apart" as a single cut from the soundtrack to the film Fifty Shades Freed,[20] which she also sang as part of a duet on Season 16 of American Idol.

Briggs' debut album, Church of Scars, was released on 20 April 2018.[21]

2019: ChampionEdit

In October 2019, Briggs released three songs as singles ("Champion", "Tattooed On My Heart" and "Jekyll & Hyde") from her second studio album, Champion. In November, Briggs released the song "Someone Else" as part of the album. The album was then released on 8 November.

ArtistryEdit

Briggs has stated that she frequently uses piano when writing songs.[5]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions
AUS
[22]
SWI
[23]
CAN
[24]
US
[25]
US
Alt.

[26]
US
Rock

[27]
Church of Scars 91 90 56 29 5 5
Champion
  • Released: 8 November 2019[28]
  • Label: Island
  • Format: Digital download, streaming

Extended playsEdit

Title Extended play details Peak chart positions
US
Rock

[27]
US
Heat.

[29]
Bishop Briggs
  • Released: 25 November 2016[30]
  • Label: Island
  • Format: Vinyl
Bishop Briggs - EP
  • Released: 14 April 2017[31]
  • Label: Island
  • Format: Digital download, CD, cassette
46 5

SinglesEdit

List of singles by Bishop Briggs
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
Alt.

[32]
US
Rock

[33]
US Rock Airplay
[34]
CAN
Rock

[35]
SCO
[36]
"Wild Horses" 2015 Bishop Briggs
"River" 2016 3 10 5 12 76
"The Way I Do"
"Pray (Empty Gun)"
"Be Your Love" 39
"Wild Horses" (re-release) 17 21 30 38
"The Way I Do" (re-release) 2017
"Hi-Lo (Hollow)" Church of Scars
"Dream" 25 30 41 45
"Never Tear Us Apart" 2018 [A] 18 Fifty Shades Freed
"White Flag" 16 25 Church of Scars
"Baby" 29 Champion
"Champion" 2019 22 20 39
"Tattoed on My Heart"
"Jekyll & Hide" 49
"—" denotes singles that did not chart or were not released

Guest appearancesEdit

List of guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Alt
[32]
US Rock
[33]
CAN
Rock

[35]
"So Tied Up"
(Cold War Kids feat. Bishop Briggs)
2017 12 28 48 L.A. Divine

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Never Tear Us Apart" did not enter the Alternative Songs chart, but peaked at number 5 on the Alternative Digital Songs chart.[38]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2018 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Push Nominated [39]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "River by Bishop Briggs on iTunes". iTunes Store. United States. 11 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Bishop Briggs' musical journey started in childhood". San Francisco Chronicle. 20 October 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  3. ^ Rutherford, Kevin (10 June 2016). "Bishop Briggs' 'River' Rises on the Rock Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  4. ^ sterlin, scott. "Bishop Briggs Details Debut Album 'Church Of Scars,' Shares Tour Dates". Archived from the original on 19 March 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  5. ^ a b Horowitz, Steven J. "Bishop Briggs Reaches For You On "The Way I Do"". The FADER. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  6. ^ "ASCAP Ace Search - Sarah Grace McLaughlin". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Bishop Briggs on Twitter". Bishop Briggs. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Bishop Briggs: iHeartRadio On The Verge Artist | iHeartRadio On The Verge | iHeartRadio". iHeartRadio. Archived from the original on 8 October 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  9. ^ Budd, Chris (11 May 2016). "VIDEO: "River" by Bishop Briggs - Indie Music Filter". Indie Music Filter. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  10. ^ King, Patrick. "Bishop Briggs – The Way I Do | All Things Go". www.allthingsgomusic.com. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  11. ^ Shetler, Scott (29 July 2016). "Emerging artist: Bishop Briggs scores first rock radio hit, opens for Coldplay". AXS. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  12. ^ Craddock, Lauren. "Bishop Briggs Brings Breakthrough Song 'River' to 'The Tonight Show': Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  13. ^ Sonis, Rachel (12 August 2016). "Bishop Briggs Releases Raw New Single "Pray (Empty Gun)": Listen | Idolator". Idolator. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Music from Scream: Season 2 FINALE". MTV.com. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  15. ^ "Be Your Love - Single by Bishop Briggs on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  16. ^ Record Store Day announces list of 2016 Black Friday exclusive releases. Brooklyn Vegan, 25 October 2016
  17. ^ Cusumano, Katherine. "Music Video Premiere: Bishop Briggs Enters a Lynchian Fever Dream With "Wild Horses"". W Magazine. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  18. ^ "'Home | Coachella 2017'". Coachella. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  19. ^ "Cold War Kids recruit Bishop Briggs for new track, "So Tied Up" - Music News - ABC News Radio". ABC News Radio. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  20. ^ "Bishop Briggs Releases "Never Tear Us Apart" From Fifty Shades Freed Official Soundtrack". ventsmagazine.com. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  21. ^ "Bishop Briggs releases new single, "Dream"; dbut album due in spring 2018". ABC News Radio Online. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  22. ^ Ryan, Gavin (28 April 2018). "Australian Charts: J Cole 'KOD' Debuts At No 1". Noise11. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  23. ^ "Discographie Bishop Briggs". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  24. ^ "Bishop Briggs Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  25. ^ "Bishop Briggs Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  26. ^ "Bishop Briggs Chart History: Alternative Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  27. ^ a b "Bishop Briggs Chart History: Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  28. ^ "CHAMPION by Bishop Briggs". Apple Music. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  29. ^ "Bishop Briggs Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  30. ^ Bishop Briggs - Bishop Briggs. Recordstoreday.com. Accessed 2 April 2017.
  31. ^ "Bishop Briggs - EP by Bishop Briggs on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  32. ^ a b "Bishop Briggs Chart History – Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  33. ^ a b "Bishop Briggs Chart History – Hot Rock Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  34. ^ "Bishop Briggs Chart History – Rock Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  35. ^ a b "Bishop Briggs Chart History – Canada Rock Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  36. ^ Scottish Singles Chart positions for Bishop Briggs:
  37. ^ "American certifications – Bishop Briggs – River". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  38. ^ "Bishop Briggs – Chart History: Alternative Digital Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  39. ^ "Camila Cabello, Ariana Grande, Post Malone Lead 2018 MTV EMA Nominees". Billboard. 4 October 2018.

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