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A cappella group gives a show-stopping performance of “River” by Bishop Briggs

December 6th, 2019

Sarah Grace McLaughlin, more popularly known as Bishop Briggs, is a 27-year-old singer whose music ranges from indie rock to alternative soul.

Aside from her impressively powerful vocals, the stand-out female artist is also good at playing the keyboards. Her low, soulful, and throaty singing voice makes each track a treat to listen to. In fact, her first single entitled “Wild Horses” made such an impact that it was used in a commercial for Acura, a luxury vehicle company.

Her uniqueness as a whole translates clearly to each song, making her an artist to always keep an eye out for. Because of Bishop Briggs’ catchy tunes and powerful vocals, it’s no surprise that singing groups use her songs in training and performances.

One a capella group from Northwestern University decided to go with a Bishop Briggs song for a show-stopping performance and as expected, the group did not disappoint. THUNK a cappella entirely student-directed and produced. The dynamic a capella group is known for performing at special events around the Chicago area. They have two sold-out shows each year and often make appearances at major events.

One of their most popular performances was their version of “River” by Bishop Briggs.

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A capella groups featured in films and music videos give us a glimpse of the intensity, talent, and passion that goes into each track. It isn’t just plain singing in chorus and backing each other up on vocals. Singing without instrumental accompaniment means exercising one’s vocal chords, finding the right harmony through consistent practice and vocalization, and making all sounds come together in order to produce flawless performances. (Even this description doesn’t do a cappella singing justice!)

THUNK a cappella proves how singing without instruments is just as captivating. Their casual, feel-good stage presence gives off the vibe that they’re just a large group of good friends having fun while jamming out together in a spot where they’re most comfortable.

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Like the original production of the song, the performance started out soft and slow. The group flawlessly backed soloist Alexa Moster, who hit each note perfectly. Smattering applause and appreciative whistles and cheers followed shortly after, when it seemed like the group was about to wrap it up. THUNK a cappella wasn’t about to settle for an expected ending to their performance.

Three minutes into the song and the group starts taking it to the next level, prompting the audience to cheer louder. Impressively enough as the performance escalated from awesome to mind-blowing, the group started to look even more relaxed than ever. Each member looked like they were genuinely enjoying themselves, proving that it’s always about loving what you do and pouring your soul into it.

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Watch their performance and we guarantee you’ll have a sudden appreciation for the Bishop Briggs track and an even deeper admiration for a cappella artists.

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Source: THUNK a cappella

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