Sarah Grace McLaughlin, more commonly known as the powerful singer-songwriter Bishop Briggs, was just four years old when she performed publicly for the first time and has had her eye on the stage since. Born to Scottish parents while raised in Japan and Hong Kong, this first show took place in a Tokyo karaoke bar and has been followed by many more. She has developed her sets to become the enigmatic live shows fans experience today and is a prime example of that happens when talent meets determination.
She began writing her own songs just three years after her live debut, honing in on her natural talent of crafting compelling lyrics. She hit the charts with ease when she released her debut single ‘Wild Horses’ in 2015, aged 23, reaching number 1 on Spotify’s US Viral Chart and number 2 on their Global Viral 50 Chart. She continued the success with her Gold-certified single ‘River’ which also hit number 1 on Spotify’s US Viral Chart and now has over 92.5 million plays on the platform. After teasing fans with a few more singles, she released her first self-titled EP in April 2017. Lemonade magazine rated it 5 stars, stating “It takes serious talent to be able to pound out such clear, powerful notes without wavering […] You are invested from the beginning to end.”
Many may also know her from the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack as her cutting cover of INXS’ monumental ballad ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ was a highly popular feature. It reached number 18 in the US Rock charts and has amassed over 13 million plays on Spotify so far, still continuing to climb six months after the film’s release.
In April this year she released her debut album Church of Scars via Island Records, which was rated 9/10 by Exclaim!, who also said “McLaughlin’s ability to draw you in with her warmth through her emotive voice truly demonstrates her talent.” It also features writing collaborations with the likes of Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons and Dan Wilson who co-wrote Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’, putting their forces together for ‘Lyin’ and ‘Dream’. Church of Scars is full of passion, delving into the depths of heartbreak and liberation, covering a span of emotions empowered by her neo-soul sound.
Briggs’ music transcends the limitations of genre, intertwining elements of folk, pop and electronica to develop her unique sound full of power and substance. Her voice has been compared to the pure velocity of Janis Joplin, Florence Welch, Aretha Franklin, and Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard.
This September, Bishop Briggs will return to her hometown of London to perform at Heaven. Tickets are on sale now from here!