When singer-songwriter Bishop Briggs arrived in Los Angeles seven years ago, she was performing inside any hole-in-the-wall venue or club that would have her, and to audiences that at times included as few as five patrons.
So when she stood on stage at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena six years later, serving as the opening act for the monstrously successful British rock band Coldplay, she was overcome with gratitude.
“There’s a huge part of you that just appreciates everything so much more because you know the other side,” the now 24-year-old said during an interview as she prepares to kick off her first headlining North American tour at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angles on Thursday, April 13. Her jaunt also includes sets at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Coachella on Saturday, April 15 and Saturday, April 22 and she’ll be back in Southern California to headline the Observatory in Santa Ana on Wednesday, May 24.
“Even if I didn’t know that other side, the one where you play for five people, I think I’d still be so appreciative,” she said. “You just go into that place of gratitude, try to enjoy yourself as much as you can and try not to freak out! That’s the hardest part, is to try not to freak out because it’s all so exciting.”
Briggs was born in London in 1992, but grew up in Tokyo, Japan, and graduated from high school in Hong Kong before moving to L.A. in 2010 to attend college at Musician’s Institute. Her biggest influences came from the music her parents played in their living room, which included a lot of Led Zeppelin, the Beatles and a slew of Motown hits. She also fell in love with singing in numerous Tokyo karaoke bars.
“I loved seeing my dad sing at those bars and I was also in a little gospel choir for a short amount of time in Japan,” she said. “That’s really where it all began for me. I’d always sing ‘Greatest Love of All’ by Whitney Houston. I just want to make clear though, you know those people on…