Bishop Briggs walks us through her 10 favourite karaoke tracks
The LA-based musician will be in the country later this month for Splendour In The Grass and sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne.
Badass. Powerful. Passionate. Exciting. Energetic. These are some of the words being thrown around when talking about Bishop Briggs, an LA-based, Hong Kong-raised musician who's had somewhat of an explosive rise in the past twelve months, with singles including River, Be Your Love, Wild Horses and most recently, The Way I Do pushing Briggs to the top of everyone's radar. However, while all these adjectives may accurately describe her charging, genre-bending sound and image, we'd like to throw another descriptor in the mix - karaoke star. For those unaware, Briggs got her first kick of live performing at a karaoke bar in Tokyo, where 4-year-old Bishop Briggs had her first taste of the limelight that ever since she's been in the spotlight of. To celebrate her upcoming trip down under for Splendour In The Grass and a couple of sideshows (details down the bottom of this article), we quizzed Briggs on her go-to karaoke tracks, which includes some absolute beauties from the likes of The Beatles, Drake, Dexy's Midnight Runners, and our own Flume and Vance Joy.
Janis Joplin - Piece Of My Heart
This song has always meant a lot to me and I think when it comes to karaoke, you have to pick songs that will have you drenched in sweat and jumping all around.
The Beatles - Oh! Darling
A classic and a song that I’ve been singing since day one.
Flume - Never Be Like You
It’s a good one for everyone to sing along to and I don’t think I’ll ever get over that trap beat.
Etta James - At Last
When I used to do weddings, I would sing this for couples. That was oddly a really fun time in my life so I have to always shout out Etta James when I’m doing karaoke.
Drake - Fake Love
This is a boss song. This is a song that is not only confident, but brings some much-needed sass to the karaoke room.
Vance Joy - Riptide
Lyrically this is such a fun song and so creative - it’s just a feel-good track that makes the evening that much more fun.
Léon - Think About You
This is for when you’re probably a few too many drinks in and you start thinking about your ex.
Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
Another one that will get everyone singing along. I have so many memories of singing this song, jumping around like a maniac with my friends so I usually make sure it’s played at whatever karaoke bar I go to.
Rihanna - Love On The Brain
I love Rihanna and I would’ve picked any of her songs, but I’m going to go with this one.
Aretha Franklin - Never Loved A Man
I’m going to be honest - the only reason someone would put this in their karaoke playlist is if they want to show off vocally and that’s exactly what I’m planning on doing – clearly.
Thu July 20 - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (supported by Mookhi)
Fri July 21 - Howler, Melbourne (supported by Mookhi)
Fri July 21 - Sun July 23 - Splendour In The Grass
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