As we embark on the new year, we're sharing a series of stories about the artists, musicians, writers, entrepreneurs and more who are poised to do big things in 2017.
Not many new artists can say they've racked up over 40 million listens on Spotify without ever having dropped an album. But 24-year-old Bishop Briggs can. With an enormous voice and a debut LP on the way, the singer-songwriter is pretty much destined to dominate 2017 (sporting a signature look of double ponytails while doing so).
2016 was a big year for you. You released your single "River," opened for Coldplay and Passion Pit, made it onto Spotify's Global Viral 50 playlist, and played at The Troubadour. What's one of the biggest lessons you've learned?
To be present. I had some of the most high-pressure moments of my life this year, and I had to make sure that I took time to be appreciative. It has been such a whirlwind that I've learned it's important to keep your feet and your mind grounded, no matter what chaos and excitement is going on around you.
I've heard that karaoke bars had a significant impact on the beginning of your career.
They really did! I moved to Japan when I was four, and I swear the minute we got off that flight, we went to a karaoke bar. I saw my dad singing Frank Sinatra, and immediately wanted to do that forever!
What's your go-to karaoke song?
"Piece of my Heart" by Janis Joplin, or "Oh Darling" by The Beatles.
How would you describe your personal aesthetic?
I would say it's a mix of a few genres: trap, folk, hip-hop. I hope the aesthetic always comes across as soulful and emotional, no matter what I release.
If you could sum up your upcoming album in a few words, what would they be?
Honest, dark, and authentic.