To say Bishop Briggs is an international artist would be an understatement. Born in London to Scottish parents (they originally hail from a town in East Dunbartonshire called Bishopbriggs, hence…), the family relocated to Japan when Bishop Briggs was still very young. Raised on a musical diet of Motown and The Beatles, it was joining a children’s gospel choir whilst in Japan that really got her excited about soul music. Being in Japan as they were, it seems only natural that karaoke would play a part in the lives of such a music-loving family as McLaughlin’s and she maintains that her father’s Frank Sinatra is still the best she’s seen. “I am slightly biased,” she concedes.
After Japan came eight years spent living in Hong Kong, and it was whilst at school there that Bishop Briggs began to really focus on performing music. “I basically did any singing related option I could, other than choir which I wasn’t really into. There was something about the competitive nature of it that I didn’t really like, because I’ve always felt that we’re all on our own journeys and our own paths, so I never felt that competitiveness that I think can sometimes happen.” For as long as she can remember though, it was always Bishop Briggs intention to be an artist, from the moment she discovered that being an artist was what would allow her to do music every day.
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Music Editor: Phil Goodfellow
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