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3 things you should know about Bishop Briggs

May 19, 2017

We sat down with rising star Bishop Briggs and talked karaoke, pre-show rituals and... Sarah McLachlan.

It’s no surprise that Bishop Briggs is blowing up. You can just sense the it factor. Her smile beams from ear-to-ear, her style is impeccable, and oh yeah – that voice.

We were lucky to snag a bit of Bishop’s time before her sold out show at the Mod Club earlier this month, and in our short time together we’d like to say we became fast friends. Like, how could we not bond over karaoke?

The full interview is up top, but if you’re pressed for time (millennials, am I right?), here’s three things you should know about Bishop Briggs.

She still gets stage fright

Bishop’s been singing her whole life, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t get pre-show jitters like the rest of us. We asked for her pre-show rituals and, why they may not be the “healthiest,” they seem to do the trick! If you have the chance to see her Bishop Briggs live, seriously, do not sleep on it. There’s a reason her Toronto show sold out.

She fell in love with singing at karaoke bars

Maybe you’ve heard the story, maybe you haven’t. But Bishop’s well traveled, and as a kid, she moved to Japan with her parents. It’s there, at four years old that she fell in love with karaoke. She tells us now that she’s a little too nervous too do karaoke, but we think she still has it in her. Her go-to karaoke jams? “Oh Darling” by the Beatles, “Piece of My Heart” by Janis Joplin and “Never Be Like You” by Flume. As for her songs, she’d love to see someone take a stab at “Wild Horses.”

Challenge accepted, Bishop!

Her real name is Sarah McLaughlin

Bishop Briggs takes her name from the town of Bishopbriggs, Scotland, where her parents grew up. But there’s another reason why the London-born singer doesn’t go by her birth name… it’s Sarah McLaughlin, which, as you’re reading this, you’ll notice is dangerously close to that of Canadian icon Sarah McLachlan. Luckily, Bishop’s found a name that’s both different than McLachlan’s and yet still intensely personal.

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